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Select Research Studies on the Health Benefits of Meditation
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Review Articles
  • Newberg, A. & Iversen, J. (2003). The neural basis of the complex mental task of meditation: neurotransmitter and neurochemical considerations. Medical Hypotheses 61:282-291.
  • Pollard, I. Meditation and Brain Function: A Review. Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 14 (2004), 28-34.


Select Individual Papers

  • Barnes, V. A., Treiber, F. A., Turner, J. R., Davis, H., & Strong, W. B. (1999). Acute effects of transcendental meditation on hemodynamic functioning in middle-aged adults. Psychosom Med, 61(4), 525-531.
  • Barnes, V. A., Treiber, F. A., & Davis, H. (2001). Impact of Transcendental Meditation on cardiovascular function at rest and during acute stress in adolescents with high normal blood pressure. J Psychosom Res, 51(4), 597-605.
  • Bujatti, M., & Riederer, P. (1976). Serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine metabolites in transcendental meditation-technique. J Neural Transmission, 39(3), 257-267.
  • Elias, A. N., Guich, S., & Wilson, A. F. (2000). Ketosis with enhanced GABAergic tone promotes physiological changes in transcendental meditation. Med Hypotheses, 54(4), 660-662.
  • Infante, J. R., Peran, F., Martinez, M., Roldan, A., Poyatos, R., Ruiz, C., Samaniego, F., & Garrido, F. (1998). ACTH and beta-endorphin in transcendental meditation. Physiol Behav, 64(3), 311-315.
  • Infante, J. R., Torres-Avisbal, M., Pinel, P., Vallejo, J. A., Peran, F., Gonzalez, F., Contreras, P., Pacheco, C., Roldan, A., & Latre, J. M. (2001). Catecholamine levels in practitioners of the transcendental meditation technique. Physiol Behav, 72(1-2), 141-146.
  • Kjaer, T. W., Bertelsen, C., Piccini, P., Brooks, D., Alving, J., & Lou, H. C. (2002). Increased dopamine tone during meditation-induced change of consciousness. Brain Research Cognitive Brain Research, 13(2), 255-259.
  • Kubota, Y., Sato, W., Toichi, M., Murai, T., Okada, T., Hayashi, A., & Sengoku, A. (2001). Frontal midline theta rhythm is correlated with cardiac autonomic activities during the performance of an attention demanding meditation procedure. Cognitive Brain Research, 11(2), 281-287.
  • Lazar, S. W., Bush, G., Gollub, R. L., Fricchione, G. L., Khalsa, G., & Benson, H. (2000). Functional brain mapping of the relaxation response and meditation. Neuroreport, 11(7), 1581-1585.
  • Lou, H. C., Kjaer, T. W., Friberg, L., Wildschiodtz, G., Holm, S., & Nowak, M. (1999). A 15O-H2O PET study of meditation and the resting state of normal consciousness. Hum Brain Mapp, 7(2), 98-105.
  • Peng, C. K., Mietus, J. E., Liu, Y., Khalsa, G., Douglas, P. S., & Benson, H., & Goldberger, A. L. (1999). Exaggerated heart rate oscillations during two meditation techniques. International J Cardiology, 70(2), 101-107.
  • Sakakibara, M., Takeuchi, S., & Hayano, J. (1994). Effect of relaxation training on cardiac parasympathetic tone. Psychophysiology, 31(3), 223-228.
  • Tooley, G. A., Armstrong, S. M., Norman, T. R., & Sali, A. (2000). Acute increases in night-time plasma melatonin levels following a period of meditation. Biol Psychol, 53(1), 69-78.
  • Travis, F. (2001). Autonomic and EEG patterns distinguish transcending from other experiences during Transcendental Meditation practice. Int J Psychophysiol, 42(1), 1-9.
  • Travis, F., & Wallace, R. K. (1999). Autonomic and EEG patterns during eyes-closed rest and transcendental meditation (TM) practice: The basis for a neural model of TM practice. Conscious Cogn, 8(3), 302-318.
  • Young, J. D., & Taylor, E. (1998). Meditation as a voluntary hypometabolic state of biological estivation. News Physiol Sci, 13, 149-153.



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