Meditation based on mental silence can strengthen brain networks of attention and executive control

UJI researcher Alfonso Barrós-Loscertales has participated in a study that shows that the prolonged practice of this technique produces effects on the functional connectivity of the brain.

Retrato Alfonso Roberto Barrós Loscertales

Researchers from the Universitat Jaume I, the University of La Laguna, the University of California and King’s College London have published a study that reveals that prolonged practice of Sahaja Yoga meditation, a technique that teaches practitioners to reach a state of mental silence in which thoughts are suppressed or substantially reduced, may be associated with a strengthening of brain networks of attention and executive control and a weakening of mental wandering.

The paper has been published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience and is entitled «Resting State Functional Connectivity Associated with Sahaja Yoga Meditation». The study shows that long-term practice of Sahaja Yoga meditation produces an increase in functional brain connectivity, specifically in the resting state frontal attentional and executive networks, as well as an improvement in the anti-correlation between these networks and the default functioning network, i.e. the ability to disconnect from mental wandering during cognitive tasks, which could translate into better cognition and attention.


Barrós-Loscertales A, Hernández SE, Xiao Y, González-Mora JL and Rubia K (2021) Resting State Functional Connectivity Associated With Sahaja Yoga Meditation. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 15:614882. doi: