Short-term meditation increases blood flow in anterior cingulate cortex and insula

Yi Yuan Tang, Qilin Lu, Hongbo Feng, Rongxiang Tang, Michael I. Posner

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Asymmetry in frontal electrical activity has been reported to be associated with positive mood. One form of mindfulness meditation, integrative body-mind training (IBMT) improves positive mood and neuroplasticity. The purpose of this study is to determine whether short-term IBMT improves mood and induces frontal asymmetry. This study showed that 5-days (30-min per day) IBMT significantly enhanced cerebral blood flow (CBF) in subgenual/adjacent ventral anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), medial prefrontal cortex and insula. The results showed that both IBMT and relaxation training increased left laterality of CBF, but only IBMT improved CBF in left ACC and insula, critical brain areas in self-regulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number212
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberFEB
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Anterior cingulate cortex
  • Cerebral blood flow
  • Frontal asymmetry
  • Integrative body-mind training
  • Positive mood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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