Dr Ramesh Manocha summarises the findings of his thesis with respect to mental silence.

“Despite the fact that scientific assessment of the mental silence approach is much less common than non-mental silence, approaches in the Western scientific literature the data in this thesis provide some compelling evidence to suggest that this approach to meditation, unlike approaches that do not involve mental silence, has a specific and detectable effect. The mental silence versus non-mental silence dichotomy therefore offers an effective explanation for the discrepancy between popular perceptions of meditation and the current scientific facts.”

More information about Dr Manocha’s thesis can be found at his website.

Despite the fact that scientific assessment of the mental silence approach is much less common than non-mental silence approaches in the Western scientific literature the data in this thesis provide some compelling evidence to suggest that this approach to meditation, unlike approaches that do not involve mental silence, has a specific and detectable effect. The mental silence versus non-mental silence dichotomy therefore offers an effective explanation for the discrepancy between popular perceptions of meditation and the current scientific facts.