Mind-Body Practices and the Adolescent Brain: Clinical Neuroimaging Studies

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Volume 7, 4 Issues, 2017

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Adolescent Psychiatry

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Lois T. Flaherty
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Mind-Body Practices and the Adolescent Brain: Clinical Neuroimaging Studies

Adolescent Psychiatry, 5(2): 116-124.

Author(s): Anup Sharma and Andrew Newberg.

Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 3535 Market Street, 2nd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.


Background: Mind-Body practices constitute a large and diverse group of practices that can substantially affect neurophysiology in both healthy individuals and those with various psychiatric disorders. In spite of the growing literature on the clinical and physiological effects of mind-body practices, very little is known about their impact on central nervous system (CNS) structure and function in adolescents with psychiatric disorders.

Method: This overview highlights findings in a select group of mind-body practices including yoga postures, yoga breathing techniques and meditation practices.

Results: Mind-body practices offer novel therapeutic approaches for adolescents with psychiatric disorders. Findings from these studies provide insights into the design and implementation of neuroimaging studies for adolescents with psychiatric disorders.

Conclusions: Clinical neuroimaging studies will be critical in understanding how different practices affect disease pathogenesis and symptomatology in adolescents. Neuroimaging of mind-body practices on adolescents with psychiatric disorders will certainly be an open and exciting area of investigation.


Breathing practices, complementary and alternative medicine, meditation, neuroimaging, yoga.

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Article Details

Volume: 5
Issue Number: 2
First Page: 116
Last Page: 124
Page Count: 9
DOI: 10.2174/2210676605666150311223728
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