Scientists Try To Measure The Benefits Of Meditation, Brown University

Published: Apr 04, 2014

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Mindfulness is always personal and often spiritual, but the experience does not have to be subjective. New methods of coding mediation open the practice to clinical testing. “In the neuroscience of mindfulness and meditation, one of the problems that we’ve had is not understanding the practices from the inside out,” says Catherine Kerr, assistant professor (research) of family medicine at Brown University. “What we’ve really needed are better mechanisms for generating testable hypotheses—clinically relevant and experience-relevant hypotheses.”

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