Research: XUE and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

XUE and COLLEAGUES, Institution Institute of Neuroinformatics and Laboratory for Body and Mind, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China determined whether 11 h of Integrative Body-Mind Training(IBMT) alters topological properties of the anterior cingulate cortex in brain functional networks.

Background

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.

Methodology

The authors applied network analysis to resting-state functional connectivity between 90 cortical and subcortical regions before and after IBMT and relaxation training.

Results

The results demonstrated a significant increase in the network efficiency and connectivity of the anterior cingulate cortex after IBMT, but not after relaxation training.

Conclusion

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.

References

Xue S, Tang YY and Posner MI. Short-term meditation increases network efficiency of the anterior cingulate cortex. Neuroreport. 22(12): 570-4. Aug 24 2011.

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