Volume 10 Num. 3 - October 2010
Psychology of Meditation and Health: Present Status and Future Directions
Volume 10 Num. 3 - October 2010 - Pages 439-451
Dilwar Hussain , Braj Bhushan
Past four decades has witnessed substantial scientific research on meditation as an alternative mind-body therapy. This paper is an attempt to provide a comprehensive view of the present state of the research in meditation and health. It reviews major findings related to meditation and its effects on various disorders. Two major types of meditation practices dominating presently (concentration and mindfulness) are introduced. Effects of meditation on human physiology such as heart beat, blood pressure, cortical activity, metabolism, respiration, and skin resistance are discussed. Impact of meditation on human perception and cognition is also addressed. Possible pathways or mechanisms through which meditation impacts health such as, relaxation, systematic desensitization, release of repressed memories, un-stressing and so on are also discussed. Finally, major conceptual and methodological issues that need serious attention from researchers in this area for future research is addressed.
Meditation, health, concentration, mindfulness.
More articles in this volume
- [349-362] Two Temperamental Characteristics, Approach and Inhibition/Fear, and Saccadic Responses in Infancy
- [363-385] Theory of Mind in Young People with Down?s Syndrome
- [387-402] Implementation of the Personal and Social Responsibility Model to Improve Self-Efficacy during Physical Education Classes for Primary School Children
- [403-413] Spontaneous Recovery as a Dynamic Average of Previous Experiences in Human Instrumental Conditioning
- [415-426] The Impact of Perceived Therapist Characteristics on Patients Decision to Return or Not Return for More Sessions
- [427-437] Variables related to violent behavior in the school according to the students
- [453-474] Measuring Adolescents? Smoking-related Social Identity Preferences with the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) for the First Time: A Starting Point that Explains Later IRAP Evolutions
- [475-488] The Role of Experiential Avoidance in the Performance on a High Cognitive Demand Task
- [489-498] Memory Alterations in the Euthymic Phase of Adolescent Onset Bipolar Disorder: A Two-case Report.
- [499-512] Intergenerational Differences in Materialism and Postmaterialism Values in a Spanish Sample
- [513-520] Report on the 2009 Impact Factor of International Journal of Psychology & Psychological Therapy