Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT) Meditation and the Brain

I just saw some articles about a study on IBMT Meditation and the brain:

Meditation For A Stronger Brain

Researchers say a type of meditation called integrative mind-body training can strengthen connections in certain areas of the brain, even when practiced for as little as 11 hours. Psychologist Michael Posner describes the study, and explains the brain changes he documented.

Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT) Meditation Found to Boost Brain Connectivity

Just 11 hours of learning a meditation technique induces positive structural changes in brain connectivity by boosting efficiency in a part of the brain that helps a person regulate behavior in accordance with their goals, researchers report.

Has anyone tried this type of meditation or know of any other meditation/brain resources?

Great post Josh,

Even though the article is about 2 yrs old( Josh’s link to the Michael Posner interview), if you google IBMT, your post shows up at the bottom of page 1.
Michael Posner is a renowned neuroscience researcher who’s made great strides in executive attention research. Its been known for sometime now that yogi’s from India who practice their form of meditation can suppress( and this has been proven via fmri brain imagining) activity in the Anterior cingulate cortex, the insula and the somatosensory cortex. The ACC & Insular cortex are involved in emotional regulation, accessing the salience of pain and disgust. The experiment was perfomed on a yogi while he was being scanned. He was subjected to an intensely painful laser beam on his arm yet he proclaimed no pain. This was supported by the imaging study as those areas aforementioned did not light up as expected. The somatosensory system maps proprioception, nociception and touch.

Sounds interesting… I looked it up in Google and found this page:
Scientists study links between brain, meditation

The researchers found that the pattern of brain activity suggests that the meditating yogi entered a state similar to that produced by pain-numbing drugs.


Among meditators, advancing age did not correlate with brain shrinkage or declining attention skills.