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Superhumans: The Brain Waves of High-Level Meditators

Daniel Goleman | 3:29


My co author of the book altered traits is neuroscientists Richard Davidson. He has a lab at the University of Wisconsin. He has a very large lab. He has dedicated scanners, he has about 100 people working there.

And he was able to do some remarkable research where he flew a Olympic level meditators who live in Nepal or India, typically, some in France, he flew him over to the lab, and put them through a protocol in his brain scanners and did state of the art tests. And the results were just astounding.

We found, for example, or he found that their brainwaves are really different. Perhaps the most remarkable finding in the Olympic level meditators has to do what's called a gamma wave. All of us get gamma for a very short period when we solve a problem we've been grappling with. Even if it's something that's vexed us for months, we get about half second of gamma. It's the strongest wave in the EEG spectrum. We get it when we bite into an apple or imagine biting into Apple. And for a brief period, a split second, inputs from taste, sound, smell, vision, all of that come together in that imagined bite into the apple.

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