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High Theta–Low Alpha Modulation of Brain Electric Activity During Eyes-Open Brahma Kumaris Rajyoga Meditation

Sharma, K and Achermann, P and Panwar, B and Sahoo, S and Pascual-Marqui, RD and Faber, PL and Ganesan, RA (2023) High Theta–Low Alpha Modulation of Brain Electric Activity During Eyes-Open Brahma Kumaris Rajyoga Meditation. In: Mindfulness .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-023-02163-y


Objectives: The objective was to analyze EEG recorded during Brahma Kumaris Rajyoga meditation (BKRYM) using eLORETA applied in the frequency domain for localizing sources during meditation vis-à-vis baseline condition. Unlike many other popular meditation practices, BKRYM is practiced with open eyes. To our knowledge, there has been no study of the changes in the brain’s activity during the practice of BKRYM using source localization. Furthermore, this seed-stage meditation goes through specific stages, and the corresponding changes in the brain activity, including the different brain networks, were explored. Method: EEG recorded during Brahma Kumaris seed-stage meditation was studied in 52 long-term meditators. The meditation comprised three stages, namely focusing on peace, imagining being a soul, and communion with the Supreme Soul. Brain electric source localization in the frequency domain was used on multichannel EEG recordings to establish activation differences between meditation and open-eyed, task-free resting. Additional exploratory analyses were performed for the differences between initial rest, meditation, and final rest. Results: After 5000 randomized statistical tests of significance (p < 0.05), meditation showed reduced activity in delta and increased activity in low alpha frequencies. The brain networks altered in their activation during meditation are the following: central executive network, mirroring network, and task-positive and task-negative networks. Conclusions: The observed changes in activity reflect the main cognitive-affective and behavioral specifics of seed-stage meditation: attention modulation, self-related processing, visual imagery, extra corporeal experience. Future studies need to distinctly differentiate between the stages of the meditation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Mindfulness
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Springer.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Neuroscience
Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2023 06:15
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2023 06:15
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/82478

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