The Oregon team to establish whether alterations in theta-wave activity in the anterior cingulate cortex were the key to the anxiety busting effects of mindfulness Dr Niell's team targeted their genetically altered proteins to allow them to produce theta-wave like activity in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) of their mice. By flashing the laser connected to the mice's brains, they were able to make the ACC neurons fire at the same pace that they observed in human meditators.
Gray727 cingulate gyrus.png Posterior cingulate (the rear half of the CG) helps us visually imagine where things are in space. Anterior Cingulate (the front half), decision making and emotional regulation, processes, such as blood pressure and heart rate. The key functions of the anterior cingulate : Detection of errors or shortfalls Anticipation and preparation before task performance Regulation of emotions.
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The limbic system is a complex set of structures in the mid brain that includes the hypothalamus, hippocampus, amygdala and cingulate cortex. It has been described as the “feeling and reacting brain”. It is responsible for the formation of memories and is constantly determining our level of safety. The Limbic System assigns emotional significance to everything …