TIES Lab

The common neurological basis of meditation and flow

Late fall 2014, it came to our attention that meditation and flow share a common neurological and phenomenological basis. This is an exciting theoretical breakthrough. I presented on how our current research fits into this new theoretical perspective.

Recent neuroscience evidence indicates that a particular type of transient hypofrontality, increased synchronization between limbic and cortical brain regions, is a common factor in both flow (optimal experience) and meditation (a contemplative experience). A novel research program is proposed to pinpoint how to cause this synchronization, and in turn, to examine its effects. Crucial is the development of measures of this type of transient hypofrontality. Hypotheses are freely drawn from research on both meditation and flow, breaching traditional categorical boundaries. Preliminary correlational data is presented along with a plan for longitudinal evaluation.

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