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.