Enhanced amygdala-cortical functional connectivity in meditators

Mei Kei Leung, Che Hin Chan, Jing Yin, Chack Fan Lee, Kwok Fai So, Tatia M.C. Lee

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Abstract

Previous studies have demonstrated that meditation is associated with neuroplastic changes in the brain regions including amygdala, anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), and temporal-parietal junction. Extended from these previous works, this study examined the functional connectivity of the amygdala in meditation experts during affective processing and observed that these experts had significantly stronger left amygdala (LA) connectivity with the dorsal ACC (dACC), premotor, and primary somatosensory cortices (PSC) while viewing affectively positive stimuli when compared to the novices. The current findings have implications for further understanding of affective neuroplastic changes associated with meditation in the amygdala.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-110
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume590
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2015

Keywords

  • Amygdala
  • Anterior cingulate cortex
  • Emotions
  • Functional connectivity
  • Meditation
  • Mirror neuron

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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