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dc.contributor.advisorSymes, Karenen_US
dc.contributor.advisorLazar, Saraen_US
dc.contributor.authorBandurska, Carolineen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-22T15:44:36Z
dc.date.available2018-08-22T15:44:36Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/30892
dc.description.abstractA healthy memory is essential to personal identity, completion of everyday tasks, and social acceptance. As factors such as age and illness threaten this key aspect of life, scientific and commercial attention has shifted to software, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices that help stave off inevitable memory decline. There is evidence suggesting that changes in lifestyle similarly work to improve memory. Mindfulness meditation, which is a practice rooted in the spiritual beliefs of Buddhism, has emerged as a promising technique to improve facets of cognition, including memory, as well as to change structures in the brain. Pattern separation is a key process of episodic memory that allows one to keep similar memories distinct. In this study, we evaluate the efficacy of a 4-week mindfulness training program on visual object pattern separation against an active creative writing control intervention and find that mindfulness meditation improves pattern separation and promotes changes in hippocampal brain structures.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectNeurosciencesen_US
dc.subjectEpisodic memoryen_US
dc.subjectHippocampusen_US
dc.subjectMindfulnessen_US
dc.subjectPattern separationen_US
dc.titleThe effect of mindfulness training on visual object pattern separation and hippocampal structureen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
dc.date.updated2018-07-03T22:03:52Z
etd.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
etd.degree.levelmastersen_US
etd.degree.disciplineMedical Sciencesen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US


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