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Can a mouse meditate? Why these researchers want to find out

Written by:Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times

Can a mouse meditate? A new study suggests the answer is … kind of.

Researchers from the University of Oregon in Eugene have replicated some of the same brain patterns exhibited by human meditators in the brains of mice – no tiny meditation cushions or squeaky “oms” required.

Still, experiments show that the “meditating mice” were more relaxed and less stressed than those with no rodent meditation training.

The authors say the work, published Monday in PNAS, provides a proof of concept that will allow them to learn more about how meditation affects the brain. Read more.

Published by MedicalExpress February 21, 2017


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