Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Meditation - visual experiments on monks

The monks - who carried out 'one-point' meditation, where they focus attention on a single object or thought - were able to focus on one image.

Monks who had undergone the longest and most intense meditative training were able to focus their attention on just one of the images for up to 12 minutes.

Olivia Carter, of the University of Queensland, said: 'The monks showed they were able to block out external information.

'This is an initial step in understanding how their brains work.

'It would now be good to carry out further tests using imaging techniques to see exactly what the differences are in the brains of the monks.'"

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