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Article: Increased gray matter volume in the right angular and posterior parahippocampal gyri in loving-kindness meditators

TitleIncreased gray matter volume in the right angular and posterior parahippocampal gyri in loving-kindness meditators
Authors
KeywordsTemporo-parietal junction
Voxel-based morphometry
Metta meditation
Empathy
Affective regulation
Issue Date2013
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP): Policy C - Option D. The Journal's web site is located at http://scan.oxfordjournals.org
Citation
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2013, v. 8 n. 1, p. 34-39 How to Cite?
AbstractPrevious voxel-based morphometry (VBM) studies have revealed that meditation is associated with structural brain changes in regions underlying cognitive processes that are required for attention or mindfulness during meditation. This VBM study examined brain changes related to the practice of an emotion-oriented meditation: loving-kindness meditation (LKM). A 3 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner captured images of the brain structures of 25 men, 10 of whom had practiced LKM in the Theravada tradition for at least 5 years. Compared with novices, more gray matter volume was detected in the right angular and posterior parahippocampal gyri in LKM experts. The right angular gyrus has not been previously reported to have structural differences associated with meditation, and its specific role in mind and cognitive empathy theory suggests the uniqueness of this finding for LKM practice. These regions are important for affective regulation associated with empathic response, anxiety and mood. At the same time, gray matter volume in the left temporal lobe in the LKM experts appeared to be greater, an observation that has also been reported in previous MRI meditation studies on meditation styles other than LKM. Overall, the findings of our study suggest that experience in LKM may influence brain structures associated with affective regulation.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/185167
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dc.contributor.authorLeung, MK-
dc.contributor.authorChan, CCH-
dc.contributor.authorYin, J-
dc.contributor.authorLee, CF-
dc.contributor.authorSo, KF-
dc.contributor.authorLee, TMC-
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-15T10:36:13Z-
dc.date.available2013-07-15T10:36:13Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationSocial Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2013, v. 8 n. 1, p. 34-39-
dc.identifier.issn1749-5016-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/185167-
dc.description.abstractPrevious voxel-based morphometry (VBM) studies have revealed that meditation is associated with structural brain changes in regions underlying cognitive processes that are required for attention or mindfulness during meditation. This VBM study examined brain changes related to the practice of an emotion-oriented meditation: loving-kindness meditation (LKM). A 3 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner captured images of the brain structures of 25 men, 10 of whom had practiced LKM in the Theravada tradition for at least 5 years. Compared with novices, more gray matter volume was detected in the right angular and posterior parahippocampal gyri in LKM experts. The right angular gyrus has not been previously reported to have structural differences associated with meditation, and its specific role in mind and cognitive empathy theory suggests the uniqueness of this finding for LKM practice. These regions are important for affective regulation associated with empathic response, anxiety and mood. At the same time, gray matter volume in the left temporal lobe in the LKM experts appeared to be greater, an observation that has also been reported in previous MRI meditation studies on meditation styles other than LKM. Overall, the findings of our study suggest that experience in LKM may influence brain structures associated with affective regulation.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherOxford University Press (OUP): Policy C - Option D. The Journal's web site is located at http://scan.oxfordjournals.org-
dc.relation.ispartofSocial Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subjectTemporo-parietal junction-
dc.subjectVoxel-based morphometry-
dc.subjectMetta meditation-
dc.subjectEmpathy-
dc.subjectAffective regulation-
dc.titleIncreased gray matter volume in the right angular and posterior parahippocampal gyri in loving-kindness meditators-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailSo, KF: hrmaskf@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailLee, TMC: tmclee@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.authorityLee, TMC=rp00564-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/scan/nss076-
dc.identifier.pmid22814662-
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC3541494-
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dc.identifier.hkuros215681-
dc.identifier.volume8-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage34-
dc.identifier.epage39-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000313649700005-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-
dc.identifier.issnl1749-5016-

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