Posts Tagged ‘meditation’

Altered states

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Towards a sublime state of consciousness  ::  Raymond McBride  ::  Journal of Consciousness Studies, No. 11-12, 2014, pp. 19-40  ::  www.imprint.co.uk/jcs.html Summary and review of the above paper Focused attention and mental absorption, to the exclusion of other sensory inputs, are seen as catalysing altered states of consciousness. The author discusses meditation; some research on meditation suggests that blood flow to brain regions involved in directing attention decreases during Read more […]

Anterior insula and epilepsy

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Summarises an article by Anil Ananthaswamy, New Scientist, 25 January 2014 This article looks at the effect of a particular type of epileptic seizure on the anterior insula region of the brain. There are two main types of epileptic seizure; general seizures effect the whole of the cortex; this article refers to the other main type of seizure, focal or partial seizures concentrated in small regions of the brain, which is rarer than general seizure. There is also a suggestion that the stranger effects Read more […]