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Meditating group reduces cortisol in people nearby

Research indicates that bio-chemical stress indicators are reduced in people located close to a meditation group.

During the study, as the numbers of a meditating group increased, there was a correlation between a decrease in a nearby subject group’s cortisol levels (a hormone associated with stress) and an increase in their serotonin levels (a hormone associated with mental well-being).

“We have hypothesized that group practice of the TM-Sidhi program can affect society, and this study helps to understand the effect,” Dr. Walton, one of the researchers conducting the study, is quoted as saying. “Group practice actually reduces the effects of stress, in those in the vicinity, in a manner similar to the reduction within the individual meditator, when he practices the Transcendental Meditation programme.”

Research authors

Pugh ND, Walton KG, Cavanaugh KL;

Study title

Can time series analysis of serotonin turnover test the theory that consciousness is a field?

Publication

Society for Neuroscience Abstracts 14: 372, 1988.

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