Short Term Integrative Meditation Improves Resting Alpha Activity and Stroop Performance

Yaxin Fan, Yi Yuan Tang, Rongxiang Tang, Michael I. Posner

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Abstract

Our previous research showed that short term meditation training reduces the time to resolve conflict in the flanker task. Studies also show that resting alpha increases with long term meditation practice. The aim of this study is to determine whether short term meditation training both increases resting alpha activity and reduces the time to resolve conflict in the Stroop task and whether these two effects are related. Forty-three Chinese undergraduates were randomly assigned an experiment group given 5 days meditation training using integrative body-mind training (IBMT) and a relaxation training control. After training, only the IBMT group showed decreased conflict reaction time (RT), and increased resting mean alpha power. Moreover, the higher the enhancement of resting alpha power, the stronger the improvement of conflict RT. The results indicate that short term meditation diffusely enhances alpha and improves the ability to deal with conflict and moreover these two effects are positively related.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-217
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Psychophysiology Biofeedback
Volume39
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 5 2014

Keywords

  • Attention
  • EEG
  • Integrative body-mind training (IBMT)
  • Resting alpha power
  • Stroop

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