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Enhanced tactile acuity through mental states

Sci Rep 5: 13549. doi: 10.1038/srep13549.

Authors/Editors: Philipp ST
Kalisch T
Wachtler T
Dinse
Publication Date: 2015
Type of Publication: Journal Articles 2001 - 2017

Abstract

Bodily training typically evokes behavioral and perceptual gains, enforcing neuroplastic processes and affecting neural representations. We investigated the effect on somatosensory perception of a three-day Zen meditation exercise, a purely mental intervention. Tactile spatial discrimination of the right index finger was persistently improved by only 6 hours of mental-sensory focusing on this finger, suggesting that intrinsic brain activity created by mental states can alter perception and behavior similarly to external stimulation.

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