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.