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Trait mindfulness is associated with lower pain reactivity and connectivity of the default mode network

Mindfulness training reduces pain in clinical and laboratory settings.10,24,34,41,53,60 Similarly, long term meditative practice mitigates sensory17–19 and emotional8,16,37 components of pain. Several studies have shown that mindfulness attenuates pain by enhancing attentional focus on the present moment and regulating associated emotional responses.4,31,43 A growing body of work documents neural activations associated with the effects of mindfulness training on pain. Decreases in pain following mindfulness-based training are frequently associated with greater activation in brain areas associated with sensory and/or salience processing,16,32,61 alongside decreases in the prefrontal cortical regions linked to evaluative and/or emotional responses.

Trait mindfulness is associated with lower pain reactivity and connectivity of the default mode network

Orginally Published At: Pain Journal

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