Enhanced amygdala-cortical functional connectivity in meditators

Mei-Kei LEUNG, Che Hin Chetwyn CHAN, Jing YIN, Chack-Fan LEE, Kwok-Fai SO, Tatia M.C. LEE

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Previous studies have demonstrated that meditation is associated with neuroplastic changes in the brain regions including amygdala, anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), and temporal–parietal junction. Extended from these previous works, this study examined the functional connectivity of the amygdala in meditation experts during affective processing and observed that these experts had significantly stronger left amygdala (LA) connectivity with the dorsal ACC (dACC), premotor, and primary somatosensory cortices (PSC) while viewing affectively positive stimuli when compared to the novices. The current findings have implications for further understanding of affective neuroplastic changes associated with meditation in the amygdala. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-110
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Early online dateJan 2015
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015


Leung, M.-K., Chan, C. C. H., Yin, J., Lee, C.-F., So, K.-F., & Lee, T. M. C. (2015). Enhanced amygdala-cortical functional connectivity in meditators. Neuroscience Letters, 590, 106-110. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2015.01.052


  • Meditation
  • Amygdala
  • Anterior cingulate cortex
  • Emotions
  • Mirror neuron
  • Functional connectivity


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