Brain-Based Research Studies

These Brain-Based Research studies have been done in part by Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D. and have been published or presented.

Meditation on Twin Hearts and Quantitative EEG: Study on novice and experienced meditators

Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCN, DCEP, Neus Raines, Ph.D. & Wayne Blinne, M.A.
Presented at 1st Annual Pranic Healing Research and Development Conference
September, 2015; Bogota, Columbia.

Twelve novice meditators and twelve experienced meditators completed subjective questionnaires, P300 tests using an auditory “oddball” paradigm, behavioral reaction tests and quantitative EEG recordings before and after listening to a guided Meditation on Twin Hearts.

Immediately following the MTH, novice meditators had significant decreases in anxiety and increases in happiness. In addition, their P300 values improved on all measures, depth (amplitude) increasing significantly suggesting a stronger brain response to stimuli. The novice meditators also showed significant increases in alpha brain waves, suggesting a quieting of the mind.

Compared to the novice meditators at baseline, the experienced meditators reported significantly less anxiety, significantly more happiness and calmness. They reported higher levels of coping self-efficacy, demonstrated faster behavioral reaction times and had significantly higher levels of gamma brainwaves suggesting increased integration and activation of key brain regions.

Overall, these results suggest that practice of MTH by anyone has an immediate, positive impact on anxiety, happiness and efficiency of brain functioning. Long term practice of MTH results in different brain activation and additional long-term benefits as noted by the differences between groups on anxiety, happiness, coping and reaction time.

Brain-Based Research Results: Graph of Hypothesis 1 Data

Biofield Viewer Changes from the Meditation on Twin Hearts and Divine Healing

Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCN, DCEP, Neus Raines, Ph.D. & Wayne Blinne, M.A.
Poster presented at 1st Annual Pranic Healing Research and Development Conference
September, 2015; Bogota, Columbia.

Biofield image baselines were taken of 12 inexperienced meditators and 12 experienced meditators before and after engaging in a guided Meditation on Twin Hearts. Pre-post analysis of the images was conducted using Image J software to determine the amount of red, green and blue voxels in each image. Results for the experienced meditators showed no significant changes pre and post meditation. The inexperienced meditation group showed significant increases in Red voxels when examined in the chakra viewer mode. They also showed significant increases in RGB total in both Biofield and Chakra Viewer modes.

These results are consistent with EEG data collected in this study and suggests that the experienced meditators may have a more stable or coherent biofield. These results may suggest that the MTH has a more significant immediate impact on inexperienced meditators while it serves to help experienced meditators maintain their already coherent biofield.

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sLORETA changes in specific brain regions during Meditation on Twin Hearts: Differences between novice and experienced meditators

Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCN, DCEP, Neus Raines, Ph.D. & Wayne Blinne, M.A.
Poster presented at 1st Annual Pranic Healing Research and Development Conference
September, 2015; Bogota, Columbia.

This study investigated the effects of Meditation on Twin Hearts on subjects’ sLORETA patterns in several specified brain regions. MTH was subdivided into 7 sections based on the content of the meditation. Novice and experienced meditators EEG was collected while engaging in the meditation.

An examination of sLORETA current source density changes in gamma and alpha during the MTH showed different activation patterns. The patterns observed in experienced meditators was consistent with prior research showing increased gamma in regions related to empathy (right insula) and focused attention (anterior cingulate). The novice meditators showed patterns of decreased activation (increased alpha in posterior cingulate) consistent with other meditation practices such as TM.

An overview of the 7 sections of MTH; Invocation, Prayer-St. Francis of Assisi, Twin Hearts Meditation, Chanting OM, Silence, Chakra Healing, Blessings/Thanks
Brain-Based Research Results: Graph of Percent Change in Gamma at Anterior Cingulate, Experienced vs Novices

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Quantum Movement (QM) as a Tool for State and Trait Change in Psychological Functioning & Quantitative EEG Patterns

Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCN, DCEP
Presented at 17th Annual International Energy Psychology Conference
May, 2015 Reston, VA.

Nine subjects completed baseline assessments of anxiety, coping, depression and brainwave activity (19 channel Qeeg). Following baseline measurements, subjects were guided through a 40 minute set of qigong-based exercises which included additional elements of intention setting, visualization and gratitude. Immediately following the exercise, subjects completed post assessments, were given a DVD of the qigong exercise and encouraged to practice as much as possible during the next two weeks and then return for a follow-up.

The results indicated that QM is effective for immediate relief of anxiety and depression related symptoms and appeared to be a promising tool for improving coping self-efficacy. Brainwave activity found increases in alpha/theta were associated with immediate relief. Other Qeeg patterns observed included increased right hemisphere activation, increased central beta (body focus/movement) and decreased activity of prefrontal lobes.

An examination of self-reported pain and quantitative EEG changes in Pranic Healing vs. Placebo Conditions: A pilot study

Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCN, DCEP & Neus Raines, Ph.D.
Presented at 17th Annual International Energy Psychology Conference, Reston, VA.
May, 2015; Reston, VA.

Four subjects received two sessions, a week apart, during which they would either receive a Pranic Healing session or no treatment. Subjects were blind to which condition they received at the time and consequently served as their own controls. Subjects completed pre-post questionnaires regarding current level of pain and discomfort as well as EEG recordings, before, during and after the sessions.

Subjective results indicate that discomfort was substantially reduced in all subjects during the PH treatment. Pain, mobility and tension improvements were different for each subject in both sessions. The EEG data showed that the effect of PH is significantly different than the impact of a control/placebo condition. Changes between subjects were not consistent and may be related to a number of factors.

*This study was also presented as a poster at the 1st Annual Pranic Healing and Development Conference.

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RESEARCH STUDIES IN PROGRESS

The impact of Mandalynth visual/tactile tracing on state anxiety and Quantitative EEG brainwave patterns consent form

Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCN, DCEP, Erin Rado, B.A. & Cathryn Harris, Ph.D.

Study Outline:
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of tracing a Celtic Mandalynth on subjects’ self-reported levels of anxiety and to measure their corresponding brainwave activity.

A Celtic Mandalynth is a twisting geometric design that isolates visual/tactile stimulation. In so doing, a Celtic Mandalynth has properties similar to an Eastern mandala and a Western labyrinth.

An examination of Qeeg patterns in Psychics, Mediums & Healers: A preliminary investigation

Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCN, DCEP

This is an ongoing study to examine brainwave patterns during extraordinary states of consciousness. To date, we have measured the brainwave activity of 6 certified Mediums (several of them on multiple occasions) and one Qigong Master.

The data, so far, has indicated relatively consistent activation (gamma) of the occipital lobes during Mediumship and psychic activities. In addition, there has been a high proportion of Mediums showing atypical brainwave patterns in certain brain regions-particularly the right tempo-parietal junction.