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  Decentering the self?: Reduced bias in self- vs. other-related processing in long-term practitioners of loving-kindness meditation

Trautwein, F.-M., Naranjo, J. R., & Schmidt, S. (2016). Decentering the self?: Reduced bias in self- vs. other-related processing in long-term practitioners of loving-kindness meditation. Frontiers in Psychology, 7: 1785. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01785.

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Trautwein, Fynn-Mathis1, 2, Author              
Naranjo, José R.2, 3, Author
Schmidt, Stefan2, 4, Author
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1Department Social Neuroscience, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634552              
2Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center, Freiburg, Germany, ou_persistent22              
3Brain Products GmbH, Munich, Germany, ou_persistent22              
4Institute of Transcultural Health Sciences, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Meditation; Loving-kindness; Compassion; Self; P300
 Abstract: Research in social neuroscience provides increasing evidence that self and other are interconnected, both on a conceptual and on an affective representational level. Moreover, the ability to recognize the other as “like the self” is thought to be essential for social phenomena like empathy and compassion. Meditation practices such as loving-kindness meditation (LKM) have been found to enhance these capacities. Therefore, we investigated whether LKM is associated to an increased integration of self–other-representations. As an indicator, we assessed the P300 event-related potential elicited by oddball stimuli of the self-face and a close other’s face in 12 long-term practitioners of LKM and 12 matched controls. In line with previous studies, the self elicited larger P300 amplitudes than close other. This effect was reduced in the meditation sample at parietal but not frontal midline sites. Within this group, smaller differences between self- and other-related P300 were associated with increasing meditation practice. Across groups, smaller P300 differences correlated with self-reported compassion. In meditators, we also investigated the effect of a short LKM compared to a control priming procedure in order to test whether the state induction would additionally modulate self- vs. other-related P300. However, no effect of the priming conditions was observed. Overall, our findings provide preliminary evidence that prolonged meditation practice may modulate self- vs. other-related processing, accompanied by an increase in compassion. Further evidence is needed, however, to show if this is a direct outcome of loving-kindness meditation.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2016-08-082016-10-312016-11-21
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01785
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Title: Frontiers in Psychology
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 7 Sequence Number: 1785 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 1664-1078
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/1664-1078