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Can a mouse meditate? Why these researchers want to find out

Can a mouse meditate? Why these researchers want to find out

Can a mouse meditate? A new study suggests the answer is ... kind of.

Researchers from the University of Oregon in Eugene have figured out a way to get the brains of mice to replicate some of the same patterns seen in the brains of meditating humans — no tiny cushions, incense or squeaky “oms” required. 

The experiments show that the “meditating” mice were more relaxed and less stressed than controls who got no rodent meditation training.

The authors say the work, published this week in PNAS, provides a proof of concept that will...

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