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File093 - Meditation-induced neuroplasticity of the embodied-self and its role in social processing2019-022021-09

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-2018
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2018 Grants
Start date: 2019-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-093
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
093 - Meditation-induced neuroplasticity of the embodied-self and its role in social processing
Duration: 2019-02 - 2021-09
Researcher(s):
Aviva Berkovich-Ohana
Institution(s): The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center, University of Haifa (Israel); Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Berkovich-Ohana, A.
Number of reproductions:
3
Keywords:
Self-boundaries / Neuro-phenomenology / Meditation / Magnetoencephalography / Psychophysiology and Parapsychology

DocumentThe hitchhiker's guide to neurophenomenology - The case of studying self boundaries with meditators2020

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-2018
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2018 Grants
Start date: 2019-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-093
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
093 - Meditation-induced neuroplasticity of the embodied-self and its role in social processing
Duration: 2019-02 - 2021-09
Researcher(s):
Aviva Berkovich-Ohana
Institution(s): The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center, University of Haifa (Israel); Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Berkovich-Ohana, A.
Number of reproductions:
3
Keywords:
Self-boundaries / Neuro-phenomenology / Meditation / Magnetoencephalography / Psychophysiology and Parapsychology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-093.02
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
The hitchhiker's guide to neurophenomenology - The case of studying self boundaries with meditators
Publication year: 2020
URL:
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01680/full
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
This paper is a practical guide to neurophenomenology. Varela's neurophenomenological research program (NRP) aspires to bridge the gap between, and integrate, first-person (1P) and third-person (3P) approaches to understanding the mind. It does so by suggesting a methodological framework allowing these two irreducible phenomenal domains to relate and reciprocally support the investigation of one another. While highly appealing theoretically, neurophenomenology invites researchers to a challenging methodological endeavor. Based on our experience with empirical neurophenomenological implementation, we offer practical clarifications and insights learnt along the way. In the first part of the paper, we outline the theoretical principles of the NRP and briefly present the field of 1P research. We speak to the importance of phenomenological training and outline the utility of cooperating with meditators as skilled participants. We suggest that 1P accounts of subjective experience can be placed on a complexity continuum ranging between thick and thin phenomenology, highlighting the tension and trade-off inherent to the neurophenomenological attempt to naturalize phenomenology. We then outline a typology of bridges, which create mutual constraints between 1P and 3P approaches, and argue for the utility of alternating between the bridges depending on the available experimental resources, domain of interest and level of sought articulation. In the second part of the paper, we demonstrate how the theory can be put into practice by describing a decade of neurophenomenological studies investigating the sense of self with increasing focus on its embodied, and minimal, aspects. These aspects are accessed via the dissolution of the sense-of-boundaries, shedding new light on the multi-dimensionality and flexibility of embodied selfhood. We emphasize the evolving neurophenomenological dialogue, showing how consecutive studies, placed differently on the thin-to-thick 1P continuum, advance the research project by using the bridging principles appropriate for each stage.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Berkovich-Ohana, A.,
Secondary author(s):
Dor-Ziderman, Y., Trautwein, F.-M., Schweitzer, Y., Nave, O., Fulder, S., Ataria, Y.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
3
Reference:
Berkovich-Ohana, A., Dor-Ziderman, Y., Trautwein, F.-M., Schweitzer, Y., Nave, O., Fulder, S., & Ataria, Y. (2020). The hitchhiker's guide to neurophenomenology - The case of studying self-boundaries with meditators. Frontiers in Psychology, 11:1680. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01680
2-year Impact Factor: 2.990|2020
Times cited: 10|2022-03-09
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q2
Keywords: Neurophenomenology / Sense of self / Embodied self / Self boundaries / Meditation / Magnetoencephalography (MEG)

The hitchhiker's guide to neurophenomenology - The case of studying self boundaries with meditators

The hitchhiker's guide to neurophenomenology - The case of studying self boundaries with meditators

DocumentFinal report - Meditation-induced neuroplasticity of the embodied-self and its role in social processing2021

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-2018
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2018 Grants
Start date: 2019-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-093
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
093 - Meditation-induced neuroplasticity of the embodied-self and its role in social processing
Duration: 2019-02 - 2021-09
Researcher(s):
Aviva Berkovich-Ohana
Institution(s): The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center, University of Haifa (Israel); Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Berkovich-Ohana, A.
Number of reproductions:
3
Keywords:
Self-boundaries / Neuro-phenomenology / Meditation / Magnetoencephalography / Psychophysiology and Parapsychology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-093.01
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Final report - Meditation-induced neuroplasticity of the embodied-self and its role in social processing
Publication year: 2021
URL:
https://www.bial.com/media/3760/meditation-induced-neuroplasticity-of-the-embodied-self-and-its-role-in-social-processing.pdf
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
BACKGROUND
Conceptualizations of “sense of self” distinguish between the “narrative self” (personal identity with temporal extension) and the “embodied self” (momentary awareness rooted in bodily and multisensory processes endowed with a sense of agency, ownership and 1st person perspective-1PP). Currently, there is no consensus if a state of consciousness devoid of a sense of self is possible at all, let alone its potential benefits, which are the aims of this study.
In a series of pilot studies employing an innovative magnetoencephalography (MEG) neurophenomenological (NP) setup, we were able to provide a proof-of-concept that long-term meditators can volitionally evoke in the lab a total self-boundary (SB) dissolution.
AIMS
a) Investigating the malleability of the embodied-self and its sub-components.
b) Studying the relationship between embodied-self flexibility and social-processing abilities.
METHOD
46 trained meditators, in a state and trait double MEG - NP session.
RESULTS
SB dissolution reduces beta band (peak 27 Hz), source localized to the bilateral TPJ, while SB enhancement of SB results in a similar, but more moderate, reduction. SB dissolution states were phenomenologically characterized by changes in six experiential features (location, agency, 1PP, attention, body sensations, affective valence), and their interaction with meditative technique. Employing NP, the contrast between ‘full SB dissolvers’ and the others yielded a strong trend for beta reduction for the ‘full dissolvers’.
CONCLUSIONS
We replicate and extend previous results, demonstrating malleable SB flexibility in meditators, enhancing our understanding of the underlying mechanisms related with volitional manipulation of embodied self.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Berkovich-Ohana, A.
Document type:
Final report
Number of reproductions:
3
Reference:
Berkovich-Ohana, A. (2021). Final report - Meditation-induced neuroplasticity of the embodied-self and its role in social processing.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Self-boundaries / Meditation / Neuro-phenomenology / Magnetoencephalography

Final report - Meditation-induced neuroplasticity of the embodied-self and its role in social processing

Final report - Meditation-induced neuroplasticity of the embodied-self and its role in social processing

DocumentSelf-boundary dissolution in meditation: A phenomenological investigation2021

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-2018
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2018 Grants
Start date: 2019-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-093
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
093 - Meditation-induced neuroplasticity of the embodied-self and its role in social processing
Duration: 2019-02 - 2021-09
Researcher(s):
Aviva Berkovich-Ohana
Institution(s): The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center, University of Haifa (Israel); Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Berkovich-Ohana, A.
Number of reproductions:
3
Keywords:
Self-boundaries / Neuro-phenomenology / Meditation / Magnetoencephalography / Psychophysiology and Parapsychology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-093.03
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Self-boundary dissolution in meditation: A phenomenological investigation
Publication year: 2021
URL:
https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3425/11/6/819
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
A fundamental aspect of the sense of self is its pre-reflective dimension specifying the self as a bounded and embodied knower and agent. Being a constant and tacit feature structuring consciousness, it eludes robust empirical exploration. Recently, deep meditative states involving global dissolution of the sense of self have been suggested as a promising path for advancing such an investigation. To that end, we conducted a comprehensive phenomenological inquiry into meditative self-boundary alteration. The induced states were systematically characterized by changes in six experiential features including the sense of location, agency, first-person perspective, attention, body sensations, and affective valence, as well as their interaction with meditative technique and overall degree of dissolution. Quantitative analyses of the relationships between these phenomenological categories highlighted a unitary dimension of boundary dissolution. Notably, passive meditative gestures of “letting go”, which reduce attentional engagement and sense of agency, emerged as driving the depth of dissolution. These findings are aligned with an enactive approach to the pre-reflective sense of self, linking its generation to sensorimotor activity and attention-demanding processes. Moreover, they set the stage for future phenomenologically informed analyses of neurophysiological data and highlight the utility of combining phenomenology and intense contemplative training for a scientific characterization of processes giving rise to the basic sense of being a bounded self.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Nave, O.
Secondary author(s):
Trautwein, F.-M., Ataria, Y., Dor-Ziderman, Y., Schweitzer, Y., Fulder, S., Berkovich-Ohana, A.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
3
Reference:
Nave, O., Trautwein, F.-M., Ataria, Y., Dor-Ziderman, Y., Schweitzer, Y., Fulder, S., & Berkovich-Ohana, A. (2021). Self-boundary dissolution in meditation: A phenomenological investigation. Brain Research, 11(6), 819. doi: 10.3390/brainsci11060819
2-year Impact Factor: 3.394|2020
Impact factor notes: Impact factor not available yet for 2021
Times cited: 0|2022-03-09
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q3
Keywords: Self boundaries / Minimal self / Self-dissolution / Neurophenomenology / Empirical phenomenology / Meditation / Self-transcendence

Self-boundary dissolution in meditation: A phenomenological investigation

Self-boundary dissolution in meditation: A phenomenological investigation

DocumentMath anxiety, self-centeredness, and dispositional mindfulnessin press

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-2018
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2018 Grants
Start date: 2019-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-093
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
093 - Meditation-induced neuroplasticity of the embodied-self and its role in social processing
Duration: 2019-02 - 2021-09
Researcher(s):
Aviva Berkovich-Ohana
Institution(s): The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center, University of Haifa (Israel); Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Berkovich-Ohana, A.
Number of reproductions:
3
Keywords:
Self-boundaries / Neuro-phenomenology / Meditation / Magnetoencephalography / Psychophysiology and Parapsychology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-093.04
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Math anxiety, self-centeredness, and dispositional mindfulness
Publication year: in press
URL:
https://langnum.haifa.ac.il/articles/rubin/DavidRubinstenBerkovich-Ohana-in_press.pdf
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Math anxiety has received increasing focus in recent years, and yet the causes for developing math-anxiety remain unclear. While previous research focused on physiological/environmental causes, we examined the link between math-anxiety, dispositional mindfulness, and self-centeredness (operationalized as self-prioritization and decentering).
Eighty-one participants performed the original perceptual shape-matching task measuring the self-prioritization effect, and our novel perceptual number/ equationmatching tasks, developed to examine self-prioritization under math-anxiety activation.
We also measured math-anxiety, dispositional mindfulness, and decentering (selfreports).
We showed that: 1) Math-anxiety was significantly and negatively correlated with dispositional mindfulness and decentering (though there was no correlation between self-prioritization and dispositional mindfulness); 2) Self-prioritization was reduced
among high math-anxiety (HMA) participants under math-anxiety activation only in the number-matching task (main finding); and 3) Decentering was significantly correlated with self-prioritization in the number-matching task, stemming from the low math-anxiety (LMA) group.
Our study is the first to indicate a link between math-anxiety, dispositional mindfulness, and self-centeredness. Discussing the main finding, we suggest three interpretations: i) Negative mood induction may reduce self-prioritization by turning attention to
internal states rather than to the stimuli; ii) Math-anxiety activation may reduce emotional valence, which in turn reduces the advantage of self-processing; and iii) Disruption of self-prioritization by induced negative mood can be due to a breakdown of the integrated-self (previously conceptualized as a high degree of connectedness between the cognitive/affective/motivational/behavioral systems).
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
David, A.
Secondary author(s):
Rubinsten, O., Berkovich-Ohana, A.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
3
Reference:
David, A., Rubinsten, O., & Berkovich-Ohana, A. (2021). Math anxiety, self-centeredness, and dispositional mindfulness. Journal of Educational Psychology, 114(2), 393-407. doi: 10.1037/edu0000550
2-year Impact Factor: 5.805|2020
Impact factor notes: Impact factor not available yet for 2021
Times cited: 0|2022-03-09
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q1
Keywords: Math anxiety / Dispositional mindfulness / Self-centeredness / Self-prioritization / Decentering

DocumentEnhanced declarative memory in long-term mindfulness practitioners2022

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/
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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-2018
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2018 Grants
Start date: 2019-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-093
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
093 - Meditation-induced neuroplasticity of the embodied-self and its role in social processing
Duration: 2019-02 - 2021-09
Researcher(s):
Aviva Berkovich-Ohana
Institution(s): The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center, University of Haifa (Israel); Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Berkovich-Ohana, A.
Number of reproductions:
3
Keywords:
Self-boundaries / Neuro-phenomenology / Meditation / Magnetoencephalography / Psychophysiology and Parapsychology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-093.05
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Enhanced declarative memory in long-term mindfulness practitioners
Publication year: 2022
URL:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35226153/
Abstract/Results: Abstract
Objectives: Mindfulness meditation (MM) practice is considered to benefit physical and mental health. In particular, several studies have shown a beneficial effect of MM practice on memory performance. However, it is still not clear how long-term training affects long-term declarative memory. In this study we aimed to examine whether long-term MM training impacts declarative memory formation for diverse memoranda types, as well as the role of trait mindfulness, and the possible mediating role of anxiety.
Methods: We examined long-term memory performance in 23 experienced MM practitioners and 22 meditation-naïve age-matched individuals, by administering a variety of declarative memory tests, ranging from item recognition to narrative and autobiographical memory recollection and future projection. The participants also filled the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ) and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI).
Results: Compared to the control group, long-term MM practitioners exhibited heightened memory performance for the picture recognition test and experienced enhanced vividness during autobiographic memory retrieval and future simulations. We also report a significant trait mindfulness and memory performance correlation, stemming exclusively from the Mm group.
Conclusions: Our findings extend previous reports of the beneficial effect of a short-term MM training on memory performance, by showing the beneficial effect of long-term training on declarative memory. We also provide initial evidence that trait mindfulness is positively correlated with declarative memory performance, as a function of MM practice, and discuss these findings in light of the role of self-mode and cognitive diffusion, as well as attention and emotion.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Shemesh, L.
Secondary author(s):
Mendelsohn, A., Panitz, D., Berkovich-Ohana, A.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
3
Reference:
Shemesh, L., Mendelsohn, A., Panitz, D., & Berkovich-Ohana, A. (2022). Enhanced declarative memory in long-term mindfulness practitioners. Psychological Research, doi: 10.1007/s00426-022-01642-6
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