Meditation and the EEG

West, Michael (1980) Meditation and the EEG. Psychological Medicine, 10 (2). pp. 369-375. ISSN 0033-2917

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Previous research on meditation and the EEG is described, and findings relating to EEG patterns during meditation are discussed. Comparisons of meditation with other altered states are reviewed and it is concluded that, on the basis of existing EEG evidence, there is some reason for differentiating between meditation and drowsing. Research on alpha-blocking and habituation of the blocking response during meditation is reviewed, and the effects of meditation on EEG patterns outside of meditation are described. In conclusion, the need for more precisely formulated research is pointed out.

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Psychological Medicine
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Psychological Medicine, 10 (2), pp 369-375, © 1980 Cambridge University Press.
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