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Abstract #3094

Short-term mindfulness-based stress reduction training increases tract integrity in right auditory radiation and anterior and posterior commissures

Chang-Le Chen1, Yao-Chia Shih2, Tzung-Kuen Wen3, Shih-Chin Fang4, Da-Lun Tang5, Si-Chen Lee6, and Wen-Yih Isaac Tseng1,7,8

1Graduate Institute of Brain and Mind Sciences, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, 2Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 3Department of Buddhist Studies, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, New Taipei City, Taiwan, 4Department of Neurology, Cardinal Tien Hospital Yonghe Branch, New Taipei City, Taiwan, 5Department of Mass Communication, Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan, 6Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 7Institute of Medical Device and Image, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, 8Molecular Imaging Center, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week mindfulness meditation training which exerts beneficial effects on physical and mental health. Many researches showed that the changes in brain structure were related to mindfulness meditation. However, few studies have investigated the relationships between short-term mindfulness meditation and altered white matter tracts. Therefore, a longitudinal study was designed in this study to identify the effects of 8-week MBSR program on white matter tract integrity. We found that there was significant difference in three white matter tracts, right auditory radiation, anterior commissure and posterior commissure, in the novice practitioners.

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