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Altered Default Mode Network (DMN) resting state functional connectivity following a mindfulness-based exposture therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in combat veterans of Afganistan and Iraq.

King A. P., Stefanie R., Block S. R.,  et. al. Depression and Anxiety. 2016 April; 33(2): 289-299. DOI: 10.1002/da.22481

This study has shown how mindfulness training can stimulate changes & connections in the brain. These changes in brain connectivity allowed combat veterans who get caught up in repetitive loop-like thinking and hypervigilance towards imaginary threats to learn how-to shift & redirect  their attention. Overall, the combat veterans group who participated in mindfulness training  group saw improvements in PTSD symptoms, whereas the control group did not.

This is an article about the study that appeared in Psychology Today