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Toward a Unified View of Cognitive and Biochemical Activity: Meditation and Linguistic Self-Reconstructing May Lead to Inflammation and Oxidative Stress Improvement

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Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences, Padua University Medical School, Via Giustiniani 2, 35100 Padua, Italy
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Department of Laboratory Medicine, Padua University Medical School, Via Giustiniani 2, 35100 Padua, Italy
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Department of Physics “E.R. Caianiello”, Salerno University, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, 84084 Fisciano (Salerno), Italy
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Entropy 2020, 22(8), 818; https://doi.org/10.3390/e22080818
Received: 11 July 2020 / Revised: 23 July 2020 / Accepted: 25 July 2020 / Published: 27 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Quantum Models of Cognition and Decision-Making)
Stress appears to be the basis of many diseases, especially myocardial infarction. Events are not objectively “stressful” but what is central is how the individual structures the experience he is facing: the thoughts he produces about an event put him under stress. This cognitive process could be revealed by language (words and structure). We followed 90 patients with ischemic heart disease and 30 healthy volunteers, after having taught them the Relaxation Response (RR) as part of a 4-day Rational–Emotional–Education intervention. We analyzed with the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count software the words that the subjects used across the study following the progression of blood galectin-3 (inflammation marker) and malondialdehyde (oxidative stress marker). During the follow-up, we confirmed an acute and chronic decrease in the markers of inflammation and oxidative stress already highlighted in our previous studies together with a significant change in the use of language by the subjects of the RR groups. Our results and the precise design of our study would seem to suggest the existence of an intimate relationship and regulatory action by cognitive processes (recognizable by the type of language used) on some molecular processes in the human body. View Full-Text
Keywords: stress; cognition; relaxation response; meditation; dissipative quantum model of brain; language; Rational–Emotional–Education stress; cognition; relaxation response; meditation; dissipative quantum model of brain; language; Rational–Emotional–Education
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Dal Lin, C.; Brugnolo, L.; Marinova, M.; Plebani, M.; Iliceto, S.; Tona, F.; Vitiello, G. Toward a Unified View of Cognitive and Biochemical Activity: Meditation and Linguistic Self-Reconstructing May Lead to Inflammation and Oxidative Stress Improvement. Entropy 2020, 22, 818. https://doi.org/10.3390/e22080818

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Dal Lin C, Brugnolo L, Marinova M, Plebani M, Iliceto S, Tona F, Vitiello G. Toward a Unified View of Cognitive and Biochemical Activity: Meditation and Linguistic Self-Reconstructing May Lead to Inflammation and Oxidative Stress Improvement. Entropy. 2020; 22(8):818. https://doi.org/10.3390/e22080818

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Dal Lin, Carlo, Laura Brugnolo, Mariela Marinova, Mario Plebani, Sabino Iliceto, Francesco Tona, and Giuseppe Vitiello. 2020. "Toward a Unified View of Cognitive and Biochemical Activity: Meditation and Linguistic Self-Reconstructing May Lead to Inflammation and Oxidative Stress Improvement" Entropy 22, no. 8: 818. https://doi.org/10.3390/e22080818

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