Marmoset monkeys will meditate — for marshmallows

September 30, 2011

New Scientist magazine relates that scientists have trained marmoset monkeys to meditate. The study was designed to investigate whether the placebo effect is involved in neurofeedback training, where the electrical activity of the brains of epilepsy sufferers is recorded and displayed back to them, in order to encourage them to generate “helpful brainwaves.”

Since monkeys aren’t aware of the potential helpful effects of being hooked up to a neurofeedback display, they’re not susceptible to the placebo effect, where the expectation of improvement brings improvement about.

The researchers, at the Biomedical Primate Research Centre in Rijswijk in the Netherlands,

attached electrodes to the brains of marmoset monkeys to pick up electroencephalogram (EEG) signals from the brain.

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Relax through meditation by plugging into the HUBI

February 28, 2009 With a seemingly unstable economy and companies laying off employees by the thousands these days, certainly we could all use something to help us relax. Problem is – with our get up and go society, trying to get people to slow a little, let alone stop to meditate, is a challenge and for most, finding one’s center is not so easy if your daily life is normally hectic. That is where company HIMS comes in with a device that is described as helping people relax with the use of a PC or laptop. It’s called the HIMS Brain HUBI and it is biofeedback device that plugs into your computer via a USB port … Read more »