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Abstract #3984

The effect of meditation on brain functional connectivity using dynamic ASL

Zongpai Zhang1, Steffi Chettiar1, Swanand A Wagh1, Wenna Duan1, George Weinschenk1, Wen-Ming Luh2, and Weiying Dai1
1Computer Science, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, United States, 2National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, MD, United States

We applied dynamic arterial spin labeling (ASL) in detecting the changes of brain functional connectivity (FC) in ten college students after 2-months of meditation practice. FC maps before and after meditation practice were compared, and the changes of FC were correlated to practice time. We observed that the increased practice time was associated with increased FC between long-distance nodes within default mode network (DMN) and within dorsal attention network (DAN), between DMN and salience network (SN), with decreased FC between short-distance nodes within DMN and DAN. The findings support efficient global communication even after a short-term meditation for two months.

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