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Philipp, Sebastian T.; Kalisch, Tobias; Wachtler, Thomas ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2015-6590 and Dinse, Hubert R. (2015): Enhanced tactile acuity through mental states. In: Scientific Reports, Vol. 5, 13549 [PDF, 474kB]


Bodily training typically evokes behavioral and perceptual gains, enforcing neuroplastic processes and affecting neural representations. We investigated the effect on somatosensory perception of a three-day Zen meditation exercise, a purely mental intervention. Tactile spatial discrimination of the right index finger was persistently improved by only 6 hours of mental-sensory focusing on this finger, suggesting that intrinsic brain activity created by mental states can alter perception and behavior similarly to external stimulation.

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