Psychological effects of qigong

Author: Wang Jisheng
Affiliation: Institute of Psychology, Academica Sinica, Beijing, China [1]
Conference/Journal: 1st World Conf Acad Exch Med Qigong
Date published: 1988
Other: Pages: 17 , Word Count: 510


The aim of this research is to inquire into psychological effects including intelligent and nonintelligent effects of qigong by using the psychological research method. The author has made many experimental research on various kinds of forms of qigong with approximately similar results. Here are the results of 35 subjects who exercised Chanmi Qigong.

The following are the averages and standard deviations of the items under the condition of just having finished the exercise and before the exercise. These items include speed of act (the amount of holding balls per minute), errors of act (errors of holding balls per minute), memory extent of reciting numbers orderly (using figure as the unit), memory extent of reciting numbers backwards (using figure as the unit), pure score of omitting numbers (raw score minus errors), score of number symbol test (the amount of finding numbers correctly per minute), numbers of reading words with interference of color (the amount of reading words per minute), errors of reading words with interference of color (errors of reading words per minute), numbers of reading colors with interference of words (the amount of reading colors per minute), errors of reading colors with interference of words (errors of reading colors per minute), black-red number test (the amount of finding black-red number couple per minute).

The related averages and standard deviations are respectively:
27±5.207 and 23.943±5.184, 0.913±1.110 and 1.371±1.140, 7.971±1.204 and 7.257±1.268, 5.000±1.029 and 4.2±0.964., 27.217±6.145 and 24.043±6.657., 36.087±1I.501 and 31.261±9.107, 108±27.338 and 96.829±25.602, 0.086±0.284 and 0.829±1.098, 49.917±12.667 and 46.971±12.30, 0.914±l.095 and 2.143±1.833, 7.I43±2.586 and 5.829v2.595, P<O.05.

All above indicate that under the qigong state, the performances improved a lot. They included the speed of act, accuracy of act, memory extent of reciting numbers orderly and backwards, omitting numbers, number symbol, numbers of reading words with interference of color, numbers of reading colors with interference of words, black-red number. The errors of reading words with interference of color and reading colors with interference of words decreased greatly.

All above show that the qigong exercise can improve the functions of perception act, attention, memory and thinking. According to the result, the author thinks that qigong is an important way to develop intelligent resource of human beings. Qigong can promote intelligent development of the children, youths and middle-aged people. Qigong can prevent old people from falling their intelligence.

2. Investigations show that qigong can improve the following conditions, i. e. stability of emotion, mood, ability of self-control, temper, flexibility of act, attention, observation, will power, flexibility of thinking, memory, quickness of thinking, logic of thinking and speed of act. All above suggest that qigong not only improves people's intelligent factors but also nonintelligent factors more evidently.

3. The longer people exercise qigong the better the result of the following conditions: stability of emotion, mood, ability of self-control, temper, flexibility of act, attention, observation, will power, flexibility of thinking, memory, quickness of thinking, logic of thinking and speed of act.

4. The author holds that the mechanism of qigong is complicated. It may consist of three factors: psychological factor, physical factor and biochemical factor, playing a role in the mechanism of qigong . They are connected with each other and cannot be replaced by one another.

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