Paper by Dr. Ueda Published in “Psychiatric Therapeutics”
A research paper by Assistant Professor Yoshiyuki Ueda and Researcher Masahiro Fujino was published in Vol. 32, No. 5 of the journal “Psychiatric Therapeutics”. This edition of the journal focuses on “Mindfulness-Introduction and Progress in Psychiatric Treatment”. The paper introduces the differences in the neural bases of two types of mindful mediation: intensive meditation and insight meditation. It also addresses the research outcomes and outlook for the future.
Fujino, M. & Ueda, Y. (2017). Reduction in Mind-Wandering and its influence on the Neural Bases of Intense Meditation and Insight Meditation. Psychiatric Therapeutics, 32(5), 645-650.
One’s sense of well-being declines when mind-wandering increases. Intensive meditation and insight meditation, two types of meditation that comprise mindful meditation differ in how they decrease mind wandering and Default Mode Network(DMN) activities. This article explains the concept of mindfulness and mind-wandering. It then uses Buddhist Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience to explain how intensive meditation and insight meditation reduce DMN activity and differences in the neural bases of these two meditations.
With intensive meditation, DMN activity increases by setting one’s focus on a stimulus.
Insight meditation reduces the neural activity related to reaction and judgment in areas of the DMN related to memory in particular those related to the elaboration of memories with affect.
It is essential that the neural bases of insight meditation be investigated to better understand the relationship between mindfulness and sense of well-being.