Neuroscience of Contemplation

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Gothe, N. P., Khan, I., Hayes, J., Erlenbach, E., & Damoiseaux, J. S. (2019). Yoga Effects on Brain Health: A Systematic Review of the Current Literature. Brain Plasticity, (Preprint), 1-17.

Josipovic, Z., & Baars, B.J. (2016). What can neuroscience learn from contemplative practices? Frontiers Media.

O’Connor, L. E., Rangan, R. K., Berry, J. W., Stiver, D. J., Rick, H., Ark, W., & Li, T. (2015). Empathy, compassionate altruism and psychological well-being in contemplative practitioners across five traditions. Psychology6(08), 989.

Schmalzl, L., & Kerr, C.E. (2016). Neural Mechanisms Underlying Movement-Based Embodied Contemplative Practices. Frontiers Media.

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Waters, L., Barsky, A., Ridd, A., & Allen, K. (2015). Contemplative education: A systematic, evidence-based review of the effect of meditation interventions in schools. Educational Psychology Review27(1), 103-134.

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