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Time course of conflict processing modulated by brief meditation training

By Yaxin eFan, Yi-Yuan eTang, Rongxiang eTang and Michael ePosner


Resolving conflict is a pivotal self-control ability for human adaptation and survival. Although some studies reported meditation may affect conflict resolution, the neural mechanisms are poorly understood. We conducted a fully randomized 5 hours trial of one form of mindfulness meditation - Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT) in comparison to a relaxation training control. During the Stroop word-color task, IBMT group produced faster resolution of conflict, a smaller N2 and an earlier and larger P3 component of the event-related brain potentials (ERPs). These results indicate that brief meditation training induces a brain state that improves the resolution of conflict

Topics: N2, Conflict Resolution, Self-Control, Brain State, P3, anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), Psychology, BF1-990
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00911
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