Re: Harvard and meditation
- --- In email@example.com, "Jeff Belyea"
>school, INSEAD, have
> Hey Bob -
> Maybe meditation needs to trickle down from
> the B schools. Found this from Mark Thornton:
> "Both the Harvard Business School and Europe's leading business
> concluded, from research, that the two most effective business toolsfor twenty-first
> century executives are meditation and intuition."Yo Papajeff,
> PS: Meditation for Eagles? They made need it
> after next week's battle with the Brady Bunch.
Business schools getting into meditation!
What will they think of next?:-) Of course,
here in Philly the U of P has been doing lots
of pro-meditation studies in their med school,
mostly with TM , but also from other traditions.
As an example, below is one semi-interesting report
that basically tells us that you get spaced out
(in a good way) from meditation.
As far as the Eagles playing the Pats, I fear
that will be some nasty business.
Peace and blessings,
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
The measurement of regional cerebral blood
flow during the complex cognitive task of
meditation: a preliminary SPECT study
Andrew B. Newberg, University of Pennsylvania
Abass Alavi, University of Pennsylvania
Michael J. Baime, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Pourdehnad, University of Pennsylvania
Jill Santanna, University of Pennsylvania
Eugene d'Aquili, University of Pennsylvania
DOCUMENT TYPE: Journal Article
This document has been peer reviewed.
Postprint version. Published in Psychiatry
Research: Neuroimaging, Volume 106, Issue 2,
April 2001, pages 113-122.
Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0925-4927(01)00074-9
This study measured changes in regional cerebral
blood flow (rCBF) during the complex cognitive
task of meditation using single photon emission
computed tomography. Eight experienced Tibetan
Buddhist meditators were injected at baseline
with 7 mCi HMPAO and scanned 20 min later for
45 min. The subjects then meditated for 1 h at
which time they were injected with 25 mCi HMPAO
and scanned 20 min later for 30 min. Values were
obtained for regions of interest in major brain
structures and normalized to whole brain activity.
The percentage change between meditation and
baseline was compared. Correlations between structures
were also determined. Significantly increased rCBF
(P<0.05) was observed in the cingulate gyrus,
inferior and orbital frontal cortex, dorsolateral
prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), and thalamus. The change
in rCBF in the left DLPFC correlated negatively
(P<0.05) with that in the left superior parietal
lobe. Increased frontal rCBF may reflect focused
concentration and thalamic increases overall increased
cortical activity during meditation. The correlation
between the DLPFC and the superior parietal lobe
may reflect an altered sense of space experienced
during meditation. These results suggest a complex
rCBF pattern during the task of meditation.
KEYWORDS: frontal cortex, thalamus, single photon
emission computed tomography
DATE POSTED: 04 April 2007