The exploration of meditation in the neuroscience of attention and consciousness

Author: Raffone A, Srinivasan N.
Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, antonino.raffone@ uniroma1. it.
Conference/Journal: Cogn Process
Date published: 2010
Other: Volume ID: 11 , Issue ID: 1 , Pages: 1-7 , Word Count: 102

Many recent behavioral and neuroscientific studies
have revealed the importance of investigating meditation states and traits to
achieve an increased understanding of cognitive and affective neuroplasticity,
attention and self-awareness, as well as for their increasingly recognized
clinical relevance. The investigation of states and traits related to
meditation has especially pronounced implications for the neuroscience of
attention, consciousness, self-awareness, empathy and theory of mind. In this
article we present the main features of meditation-based mental training and
characterize the current scientific approach to meditation states and traits
with special reference to attention and consciousness, in light of the articles
contributed to this issue.