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In Norway, a team of neuroscientists at the University of Oslo studied the brain’s activity during two techniques of meditation - concentrative and nondirective. Participants practiced both methods of meditation as an MRI recorded their brain activities and wound up with “remarkable” results.
Researchers found that as participants practiced nondirective meditation, a technique that focuses on breathing or calming sounds, there was higher activity in parts of the brain that were associated with “processing self-related thoughts and feelings” compared to when they were resting. On the other hand, during concentrative meditation, there was approximately the same amount of activity as when they were resting. This may be due to the fact that the latter method focuses on breathing and certain thoughts, which quiets other thinking.