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File083 - Measurement and Analysis of Interindividual Psychophysiological Differences in Experienced Meditators2009-102011-03

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a
Title:
2008 Grants
Start date: 2009-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-083
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2008
Title:
083 - Measurement and Analysis of Interindividual Psychophysiological Differences in Experienced Meditators
Duration: 2009-10 - 2011-03
Researcher(s):
Thilo Hinterberger, Niko Kohls
Institution(s): Institut für Umweltmedizin und Krankenhaushygiene, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg (Germany)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress reports
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Hinterberger, T.
Secondary author(s):
Kohls, N.
Number of reproductions:
3
Keywords:
Parapsychology and Psychophysiology / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation / Brain structure and function

DocumentFinal report - Measurement and Analysis of Interindividual Psychophysiological Differences in Experienced Meditators2011

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a
Title:
2008 Grants
Start date: 2009-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-083
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2008
Title:
083 - Measurement and Analysis of Interindividual Psychophysiological Differences in Experienced Meditators
Duration: 2009-10 - 2011-03
Researcher(s):
Thilo Hinterberger, Niko Kohls
Institution(s): Institut für Umweltmedizin und Krankenhaushygiene, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg (Germany)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress reports
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Hinterberger, T.
Secondary author(s):
Kohls, N.
Number of reproductions:
3
Keywords:
Parapsychology and Psychophysiology / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation / Brain structure and function

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-083.01
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2008
Title:
Final report - Measurement and Analysis of Interindividual Psychophysiological Differences in Experienced Meditators
Publication year: 2011
URL:
http://www.bial.com/imagem/BIAL%20Results%20Sheet%208308.pdf
Abstract/Results: RESULTS:
The connection between mindfulness, a positive evaluation of mystical experiences and a decreased psychopathology could be demonstrated in subjective self-ratings but also in the gamma activity of resting state EEG. The same could be observed in the EEG coherence of beta band activity. This is a surprising match between behavioural self-ratings of the concept of mindfulness and the brain electrical physiology. The results strongly support the idea that a state of mindful presence and an attitude of acceptance are closely related to psychological health and a positive acceptance of mystical experiences.
While meditation essentially was found to be a state of reduced lower frequencies, the beta1 amplitudes seem to increase in parietal areas similarly to the state of presence. High frequency EEG correlations indicate an increased state of presence in experienced meditators compared to the less experienced meditators.
Highly significant brain state changes between various meditative tasks in experienced meditators indicate that meditation trained persons show higher brain dynamics than less experienced people giving rise to the hypothesis that those people may be able to experience themselves in more different ways. This offers meditators a higher range of mental possibilities. As similar results were seen in the most present versus least present participants, we also could say that the self-rated personal trait of being present is connected with the ability of altering the physiological state of presence.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Hinterberger, T.
Secondary author(s):
Kohls, N.
Document type:
Final report
Number of reproductions:
3
Indexed document:
No
Keywords: Meditation / Mindfulness / Electroencephalogram (EEG) / Behavioral self-rating / Psychological health / Mystical experience

Final report - Measurement and Analysis of Interindividual Psychophysiological Differences in Experienced Meditators

Final report - Measurement and Analysis of Interindividual Psychophysiological Differences in Experienced Meditators

DocumentNeurophysiological correlates to psychological trait variables in experienced meditative practitioners2011

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a
Title:
2008 Grants
Start date: 2009-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-083
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2008
Title:
083 - Measurement and Analysis of Interindividual Psychophysiological Differences in Experienced Meditators
Duration: 2009-10 - 2011-03
Researcher(s):
Thilo Hinterberger, Niko Kohls
Institution(s): Institut für Umweltmedizin und Krankenhaushygiene, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg (Germany)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress reports
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Hinterberger, T.
Secondary author(s):
Kohls, N.
Number of reproductions:
3
Keywords:
Parapsychology and Psychophysiology / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation / Brain structure and function

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-083.02
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2008
Title:
Neurophysiological correlates to psychological trait variables in experienced meditative practitioners
Publication year: 2011
URL:
http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-94-007-2079-4_10
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
“Meditation” has frequently been used as an umbrella term for diverse consciousness practices. Although neuropsychological state and trait measures in persons experienced in meditation practice have been reported during the last years, there is no consensus about their phenomenological meaning and correlation with experiences. In this study we aimed to investigate the neuronal, psychological and phenomenological commonalities of various meditation styles by correlating 64 channel of EEG (electroencephalogram) data with questionnaire measures tapping into mindfulness (FMI) and exceptional and spiritual experiences (EEQ). Significant correlations between EEG measures and the mindfulness score, amount of meditation experience, and exceptional experiences such as visionary dreams were found. The heuristic approach of classifying spiritual and meditative techniques on three different dimensions – neuronal, phenomenological and psychological trait – seems to be a promising way for developing a taxonomy of meditative states that is not only based on a superficial, technological surface level description of a particular mind-body practice.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Hinterberger, T.
Secondary author(s):
Kohls, N., Kamei, T., Feilding, A., Walach, H.
Document type:
Book chapter
Number of reproductions:
3
Reference:
Hinterberger, T., Kohls, N., Kamei, T., Feilding, A., & Walach, H. (2011). Neurophysiological correlates to psychological trait variables in experienced meditative practitioners. In H. Walach, S. Schmidt, W.B. Jonas (Eds.). Neuroscience, Consciousness and Spirituality. Studies in Neuroscience, Consciousness and Spirituality, (Vol. 1, pp.129-155), Heidelberg, London, New York, Springer.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Meditation / Mindfulness / Electroencephalogram (EEG)

DocumentVeränderungen der Plastizität im Gehirn unter Hypnose2010

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a
Title:
2008 Grants
Start date: 2009-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-083
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2008
Title:
083 - Measurement and Analysis of Interindividual Psychophysiological Differences in Experienced Meditators
Duration: 2009-10 - 2011-03
Researcher(s):
Thilo Hinterberger, Niko Kohls
Institution(s): Institut für Umweltmedizin und Krankenhaushygiene, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg (Germany)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress reports
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Hinterberger, T.
Secondary author(s):
Kohls, N.
Number of reproductions:
3
Keywords:
Parapsychology and Psychophysiology / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation / Brain structure and function

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-083.03
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2008
Title:
Veränderungen der Plastizität im Gehirn unter Hypnose
Publication year: 2010
Abstract/Results:
ABSTRACT:
The search for the neural correlates that characterize
hypnosis is a topic of great interest in neurosciences. As a main aim of the present investigations
we tried to investigate whether suggestions of a subjective experience induced by hypnosis
are in fact accompanied by corresponding neuronal changes in the brain. Methods: We
analysed brain activity in hypnosis using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI),
positron emission tomography (PET) and electroencephalography (EEG). Results: The brain
reacts to suggestions under hypnosis differently compared to instructions without hypnosis.
Using fMRI, functional changes in effective connectivity were observed in a visual illusion
condition. When a grey chart was presented in hypnosis and subjects were asked to perceive
it in colours, both the right fusiform gyrus and the ACC were found to receive bilateral input
from intraparietal sulcus. Learning of high-imagery words in hypnosis was associated with (i)
more pronounced bilateral activation in the occipital cortex and prefrontal areas (PET) and
(ii) an improved memory performance. In an EEG study the neurophysiological correlates of
a motor suggestion in hypnosis were systematically analysed. During arm levitation, significant changes in EEG activity were observed which were most pronounced in sensory motor
areas. The suggested movement was perceived as being external. Different activity patterns
occurred in deep hypnosis as compared to light hypnosis. Findings were specific to hypnosis
and differed from the neuronal correlates of a meditative trance. Conclusions: Hypnotic suggestions
and illusions increase the experience of reality and correlate with specific brain
activation patterns. Visual and motor illusions resulted in an enhanced neuronal response in
brain areas that play a crucial role in perception and/or motor processing.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
ger
Author:
Halsband, U.
Secondary author(s):
Hinterberger, T.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
3
Reference:
Halsband, U. & Hinterberger, T. (2010). Veränderungen der Plastizität im Gehirn unter Hypnose. Hypnose - Zeitschrift für Hypnose und Hypnotherapie (Hypnose-ZHH), 5(1), 33-50.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Hypnosis / Brain plasticity / Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) / PET / Electroencephalogram (EEG)

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DocumentAnalysis of electrophysiological state patterns and changes during hypnosis induction2011

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a
Title:
2008 Grants
Start date: 2009-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-083
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2008
Title:
083 - Measurement and Analysis of Interindividual Psychophysiological Differences in Experienced Meditators
Duration: 2009-10 - 2011-03
Researcher(s):
Thilo Hinterberger, Niko Kohls
Institution(s): Institut für Umweltmedizin und Krankenhaushygiene, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg (Germany)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress reports
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Hinterberger, T.
Secondary author(s):
Kohls, N.
Number of reproductions:
3
Keywords:
Parapsychology and Psychophysiology / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation / Brain structure and function

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-083.04
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2008
Title:
Analysis of electrophysiological state patterns and changes during hypnosis induction
Publication year: 2011
URL:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00207144.2011.546188#.UiccQl9dYdU
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Hypnosis can be seen as a guided induction of various states of consciousness. This article details a time-series analysis that visualized the electrophysiological state changes during a session as a correlate to the instructions. Sixty-four channels of EEG and peripheral physiological measures were recorded in 1 highly susceptible subject. Significant state changes occurred synchronously with specific induction instructions. Some patterns could be physiologically explained, such as sensorimotor desynchronization over the right hemispheric hand area during left arm levitation. There was a highly significant increase in broadband activity during the stepwise trance induction that may point to a deep hypnotic state. This study provides illustrated proof for the detectability of physiological state changes as correlates to different states of awareness, consciousness, or cognition during hypnosis.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Hinterberger, T.
Secondary author(s):
Schöner, J., Halsband, U.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
3
Percentiles:
7|2022-03-19
Reference:
Hinterberger, T., Schoner, J., & Halsband, U. (2011). Analysis of electrophysiological state patterns and changes during hypnosis induction. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 59(2), 165-179. doi: 10.1080/00207144.2011.546188
2-year Impact Factor: 1.520|2011
Times cited: 14|2022-05-20
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q2
Keywords: Hypnosis / Electroencephalogram (EEG) / Electrophysiological state changes / Consciousness / Awareness / Cognition

DocumentMeasurement and Analysis of Interindividual Psychophysiological Differences in Experienced Meditators2012

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a
Title:
2008 Grants
Start date: 2009-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-083
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2008
Title:
083 - Measurement and Analysis of Interindividual Psychophysiological Differences in Experienced Meditators
Duration: 2009-10 - 2011-03
Researcher(s):
Thilo Hinterberger, Niko Kohls
Institution(s): Institut für Umweltmedizin und Krankenhaushygiene, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg (Germany)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress reports
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Hinterberger, T.
Secondary author(s):
Kohls, N.
Number of reproductions:
3
Keywords:
Parapsychology and Psychophysiology / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation / Brain structure and function

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-083.05
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2008
Title:
Measurement and Analysis of Interindividual Psychophysiological Differences in Experienced Meditators
Publication year: 2012
URL:
http://www.bial.com/imagem/Bial%20Sonhos%20Miolo_Total%20Bolsas.pdf
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Objectives: Numerous studies using electroencephalography (EEG) have shown how brain
physiological signals correlate with processes of cognition, awareness and states of consciousness
during meditation. While most experimental EEG studies report only on one specific group of
meditators we have measured experienced meditators from various traditions assuming a
methodological overlap between many practices. We assessed their meditation methods, selfrated
mindfulness and exceptional experiences. Correlating those subjective measures with
physiological data is supposed to give an objective estimate of the validity of these subjective
concepts and experiences.
Methods: Fifty participants with various meditation experiences ranging from no experience to
more than 10.000 hours of meditation have been measured with 64-channels of EEG. The
measurements consisted of resting states, a self-selected personal meditation session, and a short
guided meditation in which different meditative tasks.
Results: The connection between mindfulness, a positive evaluation of mystical experiences, and a
decreased psychopathology could be demonstrated in subjective self-ratings but also in the
gamma activity of resting state EEG. The same could be observed in the EEG coherence of beta
band activity. While meditation essentially was found to be a state of reduced lower frequencies,
the beta1 amplitudes seem to increase in parietal areas similarly to the state of presence. Also,
meditation experience and mindfulness are correlated with mental health and positive
experiences.
Discussion: The results, especially high frequency EEG correlations, strongly support the idea that a
state of mindful presence and an attitude of acceptance are closely related to psychological health
and a positive acceptance of mystical experiences while it is negatively correlated with
psychopathological experiences. Highly significant brain state changes between various meditative
tasks in experienced meditators indicate that meditation trained persons show higher brain
dynamics than less experienced people.
Conclusions: The results suggest the hypothesis that experienced meditators may be able to
experience themselves in more different ways offering them a higher range of mental possibilities
compared to non-meditators. Further, due to its
physiological correlates the concept of mindfulness seems to be more than a subjective selfesteem.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Hinterberger, T.
Secondary author(s):
Kohls, N.
Document type:
Conference abstract
Number of reproductions:
3
Reference:
Hinterberger, T. & Kohls, N. (2012). Measurement and Analysis of Interindividual Psychophysiological Differences in Experienced Meditators. In Aquém e além do cérebro. Behind and beyond the brain. Proceedings of the 9th Symposium of Fundação Bial (pp. 34-35/63). Porto: Fundação Bial.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Neuroscience / Consciousness / Meditation

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