Dr. Sergio Elías Hernández Alonso

Universidad de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Department: Industrial Engineering

Subject:      Meditation and Neuroscience


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As an Associated Professor, Dr. Sergio Elías Hernández Alonso from University of La Laguna in Tenerife, Spain, has been exploring for more than ten years the benefits of mental silence for the human brain from different angles or perspectives: neuronal activity, brain anatomy, how the different areas of the brain cooperate to establish the state of mental silence….

In one of his recent research, he explains that for more than forty thousand years, we human beings have a language that allows us to communicate with precision. Nowadays in our world, there are more than seven thousand languages, but the words from our languages are reproduced in an endless loop, without any interruption in our brain. Unfortunately, when negative thoughts are repeated in vicious circles, our mental health can be affected with issues such as stress, anxiety or depression.

Today there is plenty of scientific literature that shows that being with the attention in the present moment, in the here and now, it is beneficial for our psyche and our general health. Unfortunately, thoughts take us out of the present moment and to stop the thoughts for a long time is not easy, especially when we are not doing tasks that demands much attention.

His main areas of research are:

- The neuro-scientific study of meditation
- Biomedical instrumentation through the development of prototypes for medicine
For these studies, he uses the ULL's magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner as the main instrument.

More scientific references from Dr. Hernández:

“Larger whole brain grey matter associated with long-term Sahaja Yoga Meditation” Plos One. Public Library of Science. 2020 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33370272/

“Resting State Functional Connectivity Associated With Sahaja Yoga Meditation” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 15, pp.65-65. ISSN 1662-5161. 2021 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2021.614882/full

“Connectivity in Anterior Cingulate Cortex are Associated with the State of Mental Silence

During Sahaja Yoga Meditation” Neuroscience 2018 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29275207/

“Monitoring the Neural Activity of the State of Mental Silence While Practicing Sahaja Yoga Meditation”. THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE.  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25671603/