The exploration of meditation in the neuroscience of attention and consciousness

Cogn Process. 2010 Feb;11(1):1-7. doi: 10.1007/s10339-009-0354-z. Epub 2009 Dec 30.


Many recent behavioral and neuroscientific studies have revealed the importance of investigating meditation states and traits to achieve an increased understanding of cognitive and affective neuroplasticity, attention and self-awareness, as well as for their increasingly recognized clinical relevance. The investigation of states and traits related to meditation has especially pronounced implications for the neuroscience of attention, consciousness, self-awareness, empathy and theory of mind. In this article we present the main features of meditation-based mental training and characterize the current scientific approach to meditation states and traits with special reference to attention and consciousness, in light of the articles contributed to this issue.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Introductory Journal Article

MeSH terms

  • Attention / physiology*
  • Consciousness / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Meditation*
  • Neurosciences*