Meditation and the Left Brain

You might have read about the Ventral prefrontal cortex and Left precuneus. However, you may be unaware of their roles in meditation. If you want to get the most out of your meditation practice, you should understand the role of these two areas. Here is a quick overview of how these two areas work. Read on to learn more. This article also addresses the ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Let’s get started.

Ventral prefrontal cortex

In recent studies, meditation has been shown to increase regional cerebral blood flow. In one study, participants performed a color-word stroop task before and after 20 minutes of meditation. Random thinking was also assessed before and after meditation. Repeated measures ANOVA was used to test for differences between the two groups. While these results are preliminary, they do indicate that meditation can enhance brain function. A recent study in the journal NeuroImage suggests that meditation may activate the PFC.

Researchers found an increased rsFC in the DAN in both novices and experienced meditators. The rsFC is linked with attention-related brain regions. Furthermore, meditation can inhibit self-referential thoughts and maintain attention. Meditation may also increase the number of brain cells in certain regions of the brain related to attention. Meditation can increase rsFC activity, a common benefit of mindful practices.

The study also found that meditators’ gray matter volumes were significantly larger than the controls. The researchers looked at the mid-brain region of the right middle occipital cortex and found that meditation significantly changed this region’s volume. While these changes are encouraging, there are also limitations. The study involved only 46 meditators and 46 controls. There are several reasons for these differences. However, they may indicate a more direct connection between meditation and changes in the brain’s neural circuitry.

Left precuneus

The Left Precuneus is a key component of the human prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain that integrates information from the internal and external environments. It processes spatial, bodily, and self-related maps. It is responsible for both the cognitive and affective aspects of experience. This region of the brain has been implicated in the development of consciousness. Its primary function is to integrate multiple aspects of experience.

Studies of the human brain have shown that gyrification in the precuneus varies with the years of meditation. Meditation increases activation in the left mPFC, superior middle temporal gyrus, and precuneus. These regions are associated with the self-referential mode. Researchers suggest that meditation may influence the Left Precuneus through alterations in its function. However, this study has several limitations, such as its small sample size.

The gamma signal in the precuneus network is active during non-dual awareness. The brain activity in this area is connected to higher-level cognitive functions such as mental imagery. The precuneus is activated by reaching movements, proprioception, and ego-compatible stimuli. However, the retinotopic activation of the precuneus in non-dual awareness may be more subtle.

Ventromedial prefrontal cortex

The ventromedial prefrontal cortex is involved in self-related processing, such as thinking about one’s feelings and actions. Although the ventromedial prefrontal cortex may not be involved in the actual act of self-reflection, it does receive signals from areas that are associated with sensory and interoceptive signals. It has also been implicated in integrating external sensory information with internal emotions.

Metabolic changes in the DMN and anterior cingulate are related to meditation expertise. Metabolic changes in these areas correlate with improved memory performance. These changes are consistent with previous research on young and middle-aged meditators, and they were more noticeable than changes seen on structural MRI scans. However, it is not known whether meditation training leads to changes in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex.

Interestingly, a recent study found that meditators showed higher activity in the GM. They had more successful meditation practice compared to those who did not. These changes were not associated with the length of time of meditation. The findings also suggest that meditation training may enhance the connectivity between different parts of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex. The ventromedial prefrontal cortex is the largest area in the left brain, but it is also responsible for regulating emotion.

In the same study, rsFC changes in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex were positively associated with practice time at follow-up. After multiple correction, however, the association was not significant. This is a likely result of the increased rsFC activity. It is also consistent with previous studies that indicate rsFC changes increase as meditation practice time increases. The authors conclude that meditation may enhance rsFC activity and improve social cognition.

Ventral precuneus

Recent studies have shown that the precuneus contributes to the processes of interoception and self-related experience, and has been found to be involved in the processing of memory and the development of conscious awareness. Ventral precuneus has a role in self-related experience and the ventral posterior portion of the precuneus has been associated with the development of episodic memory-based self.

The authors of the study found significant differences in the activity of the precuneus in both novices and meditators during meditation. The meditators were also found to exhibit reduced activity in the left superior medial gyrus, left middle temporal lobule, and precuneus compared to novices. This study provides further evidence that meditation affects the precuneus and its connections to the rest of the brain.

When it comes to pain sensitivity, meditators had lower levels of pain sensitivity than control subjects. They also had thicker anterior cingulate cortex and secondary somatosensory cortex compared to nonmeditators. The DACC showed an increase in gray matter in the dorsal insula after meditation, which is closely associated with the processing of affective and nociceptive information.

In non-duality, the precuneus may develop a central region that is disconnected from its surrounding contents. Activity in the precuneus may therefore gravitate toward this central region. It may then be in a ground-state of awareness, with minimal phenomenal content, and not broadcast as conscious or fully realized. Without the involvement of the dlPFC, this network may not fully activate its reflexivity.


The chakras that link our left and right brains are known as the nadis. The Pingala Nadi is the source of our pranic energy. It connects to our brain’s left hemisphere, or sympathetic nervous system, which is associated with our mental and intellectual faculties. The Ida Nadi, on the other hand, is our intuitive side, connected to our emotions and creativity. When the Pingala Nadi is open, energy can flow freely through the entire body, connecting to the right and left sides of the brain.

The Ida and Pingala interact with each other, relating to intuition and rationality, as well as consciousness and vital power. In our daily lives, one nadi tends to be dominant. This can vary throughout the day, and can have a profound impact on our personality and health. Practicing yoga can help restore balance between the Ida and Pingala. The Ida and Pingala nadis are interrelated, and their interaction is important for a balanced mind.

While the Ida is the dominant nadi during meditation, the Pingala is responsible for the organization of our experiences. This hemisphere is also more practical, accurate, and logical. These attributes are beneficial for meditation and all aspects of life. With the help of these techniques, we can develop both our right and left brains and reach a more balanced state of consciousness. However, in order to maximize the benefits of meditation practiced by the Pingala, we need to make sure to use the right nostril for each exhalation.


Researchers have observed that the hippocampus in both males and females is enlarged when the two meditated. However, the size and density of hippocampi differed between the sexes. Some experts have speculated that the difference in hippocampal anatomy may reflect sex-specific mediation practices. While these findings are intriguing, more research is needed to confirm these conclusions. In the meantime, it’s good to know that these findings can lead to more insight into how meditation affects the human brain.

While the right hippocampus largely plays the role of storing memories, it is also functionally significant. This means that meditation may have functional effects on spatial and prospective memories. Further, meditative practices may be a potential nonpharmacological therapy for hippocampal pathologies. For this reason, researchers are investigating the role of meditation in the development of brain regions. But before we can make any conclusions about the function of the hippocampus, we need to know how it affects the left brain.

The volumetric GM was significantly larger in meditators compared to controls. In a multivariate analysis of covariance, we used gender and age as dependent variables and linear scaling factor from the normalization matrix as covariates. Then, we conducted post-hoc comparisons to identify the group differences in each subregion. We used 0.05 as the threshold for statistical significance. Finally, we looked for associations between the volumetric GM of meditators and their years of meditation.

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