Time course of conflict processing modulated by brief meditation training

Yiyuan Tang, Yaxin Fan, Rongxiang Tang, Michael I. Posner

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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 h 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. These results indicate that brief meditation training induces a brain state that improves the resolution of conflict.

Original languageEnglish
Article number911
Pages (from-to)911
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015


  • ACC
  • IBMT
  • N2
  • P3
  • brain state
  • conflict resolution
  • self-control


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