Neuroscience study finds evidence that meditation increases the entropy of brainwaves

Neuroscience study finds evidence that meditation increases the entropy of brainwaves

Publication date: Feb 12, 2020

New research suggests that the brain displays a similar pattern of chaotic activity during meditation as it does during the psychedelic experience.

-My colleague Robin Carhart-Harris, one of the leading figures of the psychedelic renaissance, has put forward a theory of the psychedelic state as a brain state of increased entropy, and I became interested in finding out whether meditation could also be associated with increases in the entropy of brain activity. “

Tagliazucchi and Carhart-Harris were previously involved in research which found that people had higher brain entropy – meaning a larger range of potential brain states – under the influence of the psychedelic drug psilocybin.

Because of this, we hypothesized that meditation would be associated with increased information content (in other words, increased entropy) of brain activity recordings, which was confirmed in the study. “

The study, -Meditation Increases the Entropy of Brain Oscillatory Activity-, was authored by RoccEDo MartcEDnez Vivot, Carla Pallavicinia, Federico Zamberlan, Daniel Vigo, and Enzo Tagliazucchi.

Concepts Keywords
Brain
Buenos Aires
Consciousness
Depression
Electroencephalogram
Entropy
Himalaya
Intelligence
Magnetoencephalography
Meditation
Phenomenology
Psilocybin
Psychedelic
Psychedelic Drug
Psychedelic Experience
Psychedelics
Psychiatric Disorders
Randomness
Renaissance Society
Robin
Salient
Schizophrenia
Vigo
Vipassana
Vipassana Meditation
Wakefulness
Yoga

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease MESH psychiatric disorders
disease MESH depression
drug DRUGBANK Psilocybine
disease MESH schizophrenia

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