Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mindfulness shifts mid-frontal alpha asymmetry

In the article "Approaching dysphoric mood: State-effects of mindfulness meditation on frontal brain asymmetry" two groups of women with recurring depression were exposed to meditation via a mindfulness support group and showed positive shifts in alpha asymmetry (i.e. more alpha on the right).


► mindfulness meditation has a protective effect in remitted recurrently depressed patients.
► anterior EEG alpha asymmetry is associated with depressive vulnerability and motivation.
► meditation has a state-effect on alpha asymmetry, yielding an adaptive, approach-related pattern.

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