Prof. Dr. Sergio Elías Hernández Alonso

Universidad de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Industrial Engineering
Meditation and Neuroscience

As an associate professor at the University of La Laguna in Tenerife Island, Spain, Dr. Sergio Elías Hernández Alonso has been investigating the benefits of mental silence for the human brain for over a decade from various perspectives, including neuronal activity, brain anatomy, and the role of different brain regions in establishing a state of mental silence.

Historic review

It is commonly believed that, for over 40,000 years, humans have possessed a language that enables precise communication. In the modern world, there are over 7,000 languages, yet the words of these languages are continuously generated in the brain without interruption. Unfortunately, when negative thoughts are repeatedly expressed in a vicious cycle, our mental health can be negatively affected, leading to issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression.

A neuro-scientific study of meditation

A substantial corpus of scientific literature demonstrates that maintaining an awareness of the present moment, or "being in the now," is beneficial for psychological well-being and overall health. However, thoughts often distract us from the present moment, and it can be challenging to sustain this awareness, particularly when engaged in tasks that do not require significant attention.

His primary research interests

- The neuro-scientific study of meditation
- Biomedical instrumentation through the development of prototypes for medicine

For these studies, he utilizes the ULL's magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner as the primary instrument.

Some scientific publications are as follows

They have been published in various scientific journals.

“Larger whole brain grey matter associated with long-term Sahaja Yoga Meditation” Plos One. Public Library of Science. 2020


“Resting State Functional Connectivity Associated With Sahaja Yoga Meditation” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 15, pp.65-65. ISSN 1662-5161. 2021


“Connectivity in Anterior Cingulate Cortex are Associated with the State of Mental Silence During Sahaja Yoga Meditation” Neuroscience 2018


“Monitoring the Neural Activity of the State of Mental Silence While Practicing Sahaja Yoga Meditation”. THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE.

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