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Effect of a Single Session of a Yogic Meditation Technique on Cognitive Performance in Medical Students: A Randomized Crossover Trial

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Religion & Health, February 2016
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Title
Effect of a Single Session of a Yogic Meditation Technique on Cognitive Performance in Medical Students: A Randomized Crossover Trial
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Journal of Religion & Health, February 2016
DOI 10.1007/s10943-016-0195-x
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Apar Saoji, Sriloy Mohanty, Suhas A. Vinchurkar

Abstract

Medical students confront enormous academic, psychosocial, and existential stress throughout their training, leading to a cascade of consequences both physically and psychologically. The declined cognitive function of these students interferes in their academic performance and excellence. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a yogic meditation technique, mind sound resonance technique (MSRT), on cognitive functions of University Medical students in a randomized, two-way crossover study. In total, 42 healthy volunteers of both genders (5 males and 37 females) with mean age of 19.44 ± 1.31 years were recruited from a medical college in South India, based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria. A 10-day orientation in the technique of MSRT was given to all the recruited subjects after which each subject underwent both MSRT and supine rest (SR) sessions. All participants were randomized in a 1:1 ratio to receive a session of either MSRT or SR. After a day of washout, participants crossed over to receive the alternative intervention. The cognitive functions were assessed using 2 paper-pencil tasks called Digit Letter Substitution Test (DLST) and Six-Letter Cancelation Task (SLCT), before and immediately after both sessions. Both the groups showed significant improvement in net attempt of both DLST and SLCT, but the magnitude of change was more in the MSRT group than in the SR group. The MSRT group demonstrated significantly enhanced net scores in both SLCT (p < 0.001) and DLST (p < 0.001). The result of the present study suggests that a single session of MSRT, a Mind-Body Practice, may positively impact the performance in cognitive tasks by the University Medical Students.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
India 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Unknown 126 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 32 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 21 16%
Student > Bachelor 15 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 15 12%
Researcher 14 11%
Other 31 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 35 27%
Medicine and Dentistry 34 27%
Unspecified 21 16%
Nursing and Health Professions 13 10%
Social Sciences 9 7%
Other 16 13%

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#3,682,317
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#4
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