People who Meditate are More Aware of their Unconscious Brain

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People who meditate are more aware of their unconscious brain activity, according to a new study conducted at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK.

The experiment was conducted with 57 volunteers, 11 of whom practiced mindfulness meditation on a regular basis. It involved measuring the brain’s electrical activities while asking the respondents to press a button, whenever they liked, while watching a special clock that allowed them to note the time precisely.

The meditators took a longer time between when they felt like moving their finger and when it physically moved – 149 milliseconds compared with 68 for the other people. This suggests that they were recognizing their unconscious brain activity earlier than most people.

However some experts have criticized such experiments, stating that giving people instructions to sit and press a button at some random time is an artificial situation and may not be relevant to making real life decisions.

Source: New Scientist

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