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Abstract Title:

Autonomic changes during"OM"meditation.

Abstract Source:

Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 1995 Oct ;39(4):418-20. PMID: 8582759

Abstract Author(s):

S Telles, R Nagarathna, H R Nagendra

Article Affiliation:

S Telles

Abstract:

The autonomic and respiratory variables were studied in seven experienced meditators (with experience ranging from 5 to 20 years). Each subject was studied in two types of sessions--meditation (with a period of mental chanting of"OM") and control (with a period of non-targetted thinking). The meditators showed a statistically significant reduction in heart rate during meditation compared to the control period (paired 't' test). During both types of sessions there was a comparable increase in the cutaneous peripheral vascular resistance. Keeping in mind similar results of other authors, this was interpreted as a sign of increased mental alertness, even while being physiologically relaxed (as shown by the reduced heart rate).

Study Type : Human Study
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