Meditation and relaxation and their effect upon the pattern of physiological response during the performance of a fine motor and gross motor task Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of immediate prior meditation (transcendental meditation) and relaxation upon the pattern of physiological response and performance of a fine motor and gross motor task. A second purpose of this study was to determine whether the long term regular practice of a passive meditation technique (TM) produces a difference in the reaction to motor activity. A pretest-posttest control group randomized blocks design was used in this study. Sixteen transcendental meditators with three or more years regular practice were selected as the meditation group. Subjects with no history of relaxation training were recruited and 16 nonmeditators were selected to create matched pairs with subjects in the meditation group. Matching criteria were: sex, age, height, weight, current and customary activity level. Each matched pair of subjects was assigned to one of two groups with an attempt to balance matching criteria for each group. One group was randomly assigned to experimental procedures, the other group served as a control group. Subjects performed pre and posttests on a pursuit rotor task and a bicycle task while being monitored for heart rate, blood pressure and frontalis EMG. Experimental subjects meditated (meditation group) or relaxed with eyes closed (nonmeditation group) immediately prior to the posttest. Analysis of variance of trends was used to test the first hypothesis which dealt with the pattern of physiological response to the tasks. Analysis of variance was used to test the second hypothesis which dealt with the level of performance of each of the two tasks. A multiple regression analysis was used to test the third hypothesis which dealt with the relationship between performance and physiological response. Results showed no significant difference between experimental and control groups of meditators and nonmeditators in the pattern of physiological response, the level of performance, or the relationship of performance and physiological response to a fine motor or gross motor task.
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