Tag Archives: mind-wandering

Mindfulness research –where are we here and now?

Let me share a few thoughts regarding the state of mindfulness research and also reflecting on mindfulness-based applications that, at least partially, justify their use by referring to scientific evidence of their effectiveness. A recently published analysis of the available research regarding the effectiveness of meditation programmes for psychological stress and wellbeing inspired me to jot down some of the thoughts I have been carrying around for a while. This… Read More »

Neural mechanisms of attentional control in mindfulness meditation

Published a few days ago: In this focused review article I consider three main points: First, I present the general framework or skeleton (the Liverpool Mindfulness Model) my group uses as guidance for our meditation/mindfulness work . Second, I present a model that summarises the basic principles of a simple mindful breathing meditation, considering the levels of subjective/phenomenological experience of the meditator during the practice, the cognitive processes we assume… Read More »

The power of the mind: A wandering mind is an unhappy mind

This study is not quite new anymore (well, from 2010), but it is so instructive that when looking at it again today I thought it would be good to share this. Apologies if you know this one inside out already. One of the strengths of our mind is that we are able to plan and to predict what is going to happen in the future. Based on our prior experience… Read More »

Meditation practice is associated with reduced mind-wandering

A forthcoming publication in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports a brain imaging study that shows reduced brain activity during meditation in those brain areas that are typically quite active during day-dreaming or mind-wandering. A research group led by Judson Brewer at the Yale School of Medicine c [update: J. Brewer is now Director of Research at the UMASS Center for Mindfulness] compared experienced meditators with meditation-naïve participants… Read More »