Our central research questions:
1. Does mindfulness training use body focused attention to modulate brain dynamics in somatosensory and motor areas in the brain?
2. Does Tai Chi use body focused attention to modulate coherence between the motor cortex and the muscles?
Work by our group and others suggest Tai Chi, with its intensive body-focused attention during slow movement exercise, may bring about changes at the cortical and subcortical level. We continue to develop investigations in this area, along with our collaborator, Dr. Ge Wu (University of Vermont).
3. Extending our embodied-attention approach to other questions
Does mindfulness training elicit changes in IBS patients’ resting state connectivity between visceral pain and emotion-processing areas in the brain?