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Meditation and Neuroplasticity: Five key articles

Meditation not only changes our mind but also our brain – this is what more and more neuroscientific research suggests. Neuroplasticity – the change of brain structures as a result of experience – is considered to be one of the most important discoveries of neuroscience. Over the last 10 years evidence has been growing that not only the acquisition of navigational knowledge by London Taxi drivers (see video) or learning… Read More »

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 »

2014 Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Conference – Call for research abstracts

Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness: State of the Field and Recommendations for Future Research 14 & 15 April 2014 Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, UK This scientific conference follows three days of events on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness for the general public and for practitioners.  The conference will provide researchers in the field of cognitive neuroscience of mindfulness with the opportunity to communicate their latest… 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 »

Cognition and Emotion in Meditation

Research has convincingly shown the positive effects of mindfulness meditation practice on attentional mechanisms. I discussed some of these findings in previous blogs, for instance the evidence that mindfulness practice is linked to improved attentional control, which is also evidenced by neural markers that show improved selective attention as well as improved conflict resolution mechanisms. While the refinement of attention skills certainly is a central aspect of many forms of… Read More »

Meditation changes brain connectivity

– a recent study revealed underlying mechanisms of white matter change Over the last few years, research has established that meditation practice influences various aspects of our cognitive and emotional life in positive ways. It is exciting to see that such improvements also seem to be reflected in changes to the brain structure. Indeed, several studies revealed specific differences between meditators and non-meditators regarding cortical thickness, grey matter and white matter… Read More »

MINDFULNESS IN THE WORKPLACE – Call for participants

We are currently carrying out an online study investigating the role of mindfulness in the workplace. This is a first step of a new research project studying the potential benefits of mindfulness practice in the workplace. Initially, we want to find out whether there is a relationship between dispositional mindfulness and several psychological factors that are relevant in the workplace. If you are currently in fulltime employment, please consider completing this… Read More »

Research Topic: Neural Effects of Mindfulness/Contemplative Training

The Journal “Frontiers in Human Neuroscience” published a series of research articles on the effects of meditation and mindfulness practice on brain and brain function. Under the research topic: “Neural Effects of Mindfulness/Contemplative Training” guest editor Amishi Jha, Assistant Professor at the University of Miami, was in charge of editing various articles on this topic that have now been published. The great thing for us is that this is an open access… Read More »

Mindfulness and Cognitive Control

An important ability in life is the ability to act automatically. Once we have learned how to ride a bycicle it will work without much – if any – conscious effort or control being required. This is certainly a good thing. However, sometimes we function on autopilot when it might be less useful or we may respond in an automated fashion, without being quite aware that we are responding, not… Read More »

Published today: regular brief meditation changes brain activity

Today a first article from our research project into the effects of mindfulness meditation practice on attentional functions was published in the open access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Here the link to the article: Regular, brief mindfulness meditation practice improves electrophysiological markers of attentional control. Next week I will explain the findings of this study within its wider context 🙂