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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology


Effect of meditation on cognitive performance of auditory and visual reaction time in medical students


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Research Article

Author Details : Amruta N Kumbhar, Padmaja R Desai*, R Padmaja

Volume : 7, Issue : 1, Year : 2020

Article Page : 23-26


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Abstract

Introduction: Stress and unhealthy lifestyle are the major and important risk factors for the development
of comorbidities and impairment in the cognitive as well as sensory- motor performance.
Aims and Objectives: To study the effect of meditation on Visual Reaction Time in undergraduate medical
students.
Materials and Methods: Total 100 first MBBS students of Medical College in age group 18-25 years were
included. Written informed consent was taken from all the participants before the study. Visual Reaction
Time of all students for Green and Red colour stimuli was recorded before and after the mediation training
program. The meditation training program was conducted by expert yoga trainer for consecutive 5 months,
preferably on empty stomach, without disturbing their teaching schedule.
Results: There was a significant difference between VRT recorded before and after the meditation training
with P<0> motor co-ordination.
Conclusion: Yoga training with particular emphasis on meditation and deep breathing techniques, can be
used as an important and cost-effective tool for improving and increasing the level of alertness.

Keywords: Visual reaction time, Meditation, Stress.

Doi : 10.18231/j.ijcap.2020.006

How to cite : Kumbhar A N, Desai P R, Padmaja R, Effect of meditation on cognitive performance of auditory and visual reaction time in medical students. Indian J Clin Anat Physiol 2020;7(1):23-26

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