What is the Default Mode Network?

The default mode network (DMN) is a network of brain components active when during daydreaming, self-generated thought, and when not attending to outside stimuli.  Some neuroscientists theorize that the DMN is involved with the Freudian ego functions.   There is increasing evidence that moderation of the default mode network is the mechanism of hypnosis effects.

As stated in “Bringing Unconscious Thoughts to Awareness: Default Mode, Body Rhythms, and Hypnosis“, a study reviewing the changes induced by neurohypnosis and hypnotherapy:

“The default mode network is vital to our sense of self and sense of
agency, moral sensitivity, organizing memory to reconstruct the past,
simulating the future such as inner rehearsal and daydreaming, and
imagination such as free association, stream of consciousness, and taking
other people’s perspective.”

Neurohypnotic bonus

  1. Nondirective meditation activates default mode network and areas associated with memory retrieval and emotional processing

  2. Modulating the default mode network using hypnosis

  3. Hypnotic induction decreases anterior default mode activity

  4. Default network activity, coupled with the frontoparietal control network, supports goal-directed cognition
  5. Hypnotic modulation of resting state fMRI default mode and extrinsic network connectivity

  6. Wandering Minds: The Default Network and Stimulus-Independent Thought

  7. Neural Correlates of Ongoing Conscious Experience: Both Task-Unrelatedness and Stimulus-Independence Are Related to Default Network Activity

  8. The Role of Default Network Deactivation in Cognition and Disease
  9. Stress Impact on Resting State Brain Networks

  10. Fractionating the Default Mode Network: Distinct Contributions of the Ventral and Dorsal Posterior Cingulate Cortex to Cognitive Control

  11. Nondirective meditation activates default mode network and areas associated with memory retrieval and emotional processing
  12. Mindfulness targets Default Mode Network Dysfunction
  13. The Brain’s Default Network Anatomy, Function, and Relevance to Disease
  14. The dynamic reorganization of the default-mode network during a visual classification task

  15. The entropic brain: a theory of conscious states informed by neuroimaging research with psychedelic drugs

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