Tag Archives: neuroscience

Meditation and ageing: Cognitive improvements in older adults

Yet another year is coming to an end and our time seems to be ticking away. Anyone feeling a bit older just by the thought of it? If so, do not despair, at least not if you fancy a bit of meditation. We now have the science: Injecting just a few minutes of meditation into our lives improves cognitive abilities – in people 55 to 75 years old! A range… Read More »

Contemplative Summer Institute – 2015

Meditation, mindfulness and the judging mind Hello all! I am very happy to share some exciting news. We just completed the first, and most important stage of planning for a very promising event: our first Contemplative Summer Institute – or CSI. Serving on the Board of Directors of the new International Association Consciousness – Mindfulness – Compassion, I am in charge of developing the educational programme. This first CSI was planned with the idea… Read More »

2015 – Mindfulness and Compassion

I take the opportunity to wish all readers of this meditation research blog a successful and free year 2015. Reminded by the recent events in France I also want to share my wish that we may never forget the importance of the freedom of speech, the foundational value of any free culture. May we also never forget the precious good of freedom and democracy, which is not a given and needs to… Read More »

Meditation and Mindfulness Research Meetings: Four dates for your calendar

Do you want to engage with current research into meditation and mindfulness? If yes, here are a few opportunities that might work for you. Reflecting the growing number of researchers engaged in meditation and mindfulness research, the increasingly diverse settings meditation-based approaches are applied in and the expanding range of scientific questions that are being addressed, more and more meetings are set up for staying informed, exchanging and learning more.… Read More »

Contextualising Mindfulness Conference

With mindfulness and other forms of meditation entering the mainstream questions regarding its transformation from a spiritual practice, embedded within a complete system, to a secular “collection of tools” are being raised. The Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society (BPS) set out to address this question at their next section conference, hosted by the University of Northampton. From 10 – 12 October 2014 the conference entitled “Contextualising Mindfulness:… Read More »

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 »

Compassion – an emerging topic in meditation research

An extremely busy period of the academic year has come to an end and after a brief X-massy respite I finally find a bit of time to return to this blog. Instead of commenting on one particular study I start here by discussing a topic that is emerging strongly within meditation research: compassion and the effects of developing it through meditation practice. This new focus deviates quite significantly from the… 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 The call for research abstract submissions is STILL OPEN – EXTENDED DEADLINE 15 JANUARY 2014. 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… 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 »

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 »