Table 1 Demographics

From: Reduced age-associated brain changes in expert meditators: a multimodal neuroimaging pilot study

  Healthy controls Elderly expert meditators
Whole sample Elderly controls Education-matched Aβneg elderly subgroup  
Sample size 186 67 31 6
Age mean ± SD (range) 49.1 ± 18.7 (20–85) 64.8 ± 6.4 (55–75) 64.5 ± 6.9 (55–75) 64.8 ± 3.2 (61–70)
Education mean ± SD (range) 13.1 ± 3.2 (7–20) 12.1 ± 3.7* (7–20) 15.1 ± 2.6 (12–20) 16.2 ± 2.7 (12–20)
N females/males 97/89 38/29 20/11 3/3
MMSE mean ± SD (range) 29.1 ± 1.0 (26–30) 29.2 ± 1.0 (26–30) 29.5 ± 0.8 (28–30)
  1. Mann-Whitney U-tests and chi2 statistics were performed to compare elderly expert meditators to the elderly control group (*Significant difference from the elderly expert meditators, p < 0.05). MMSE: mini mental state examination. SD: standard deviation.