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Short-term meditation increases network efficiency of the anterior cingulate cortex

Xue, Shaoweia; Tang, Yi-Yuana,b; Posner, Michael I.b

doi: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e328348c750
COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
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Previous studies have found that short-term integrative body–mind training (IBMT) has positive effects on the brain structure and function in the anterior cingulate cortex. Here, we determined whether 11 h of IBMT alters topological properties of the anterior cingulate cortex in brain functional networks. We applied network analysis to resting-state functional connectivity between 90 cortical and subcortical regions before and after IBMT and relaxation training. The results demonstrated a significant increase in the network efficiency and connectivity of the anterior cingulate cortex after IBMT, but not after relaxation training. These findings indicated that the change in network topology might occur by altering the brain or psychological state. IBMT might be an intervention tool for improvement of self-regulation.

aInstitute of Neuroinformatics and Laboratory for Body and Mind, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China

bDepartment of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA

Correspondence to Yi-Yuan Tang, PhD, Institute of Neuroinformatics and Laboratory for Body and Mind, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China Tel: +86 411 84706039; fax: +86 411 84706046; e-mail: yiyuan@uoregon.edu

Received April 25, 2011

Accepted May 12, 2011

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.