What happened to meditation research?

By | January 11, 2017
New Year

Some of you may have noticed that this blog was pretty quiet, very quiet indeed, for about a year or so. A time without blog posts from me usually means that I am too busy, and this time I was too busy in a very positive sense.
I was involved in many exciting activities, starting with launch events for the Mindful Nation UK Report that was released in October 2015 to our research featuring on the leading BBC2 Health Programme “Trust me I’m a doctor” in September 2016 (Should I try … mindfulness?). I took part in a live-streamed roundtable on “The Meditative State” organised by the Helix Center in New York City, gave key note lectures and a workshop on mindful ageing at the 2nd International Conference on Mindfulness in Rome, gave a talk at a meeting of the European Buddhist Union in Berlin, a workshop on high quality mindfulness research at a meeting of the Mindfulness Research Network at the University of Warwick and a range of other talks, workshops and presentations about meditation/mindfulness. Joining the editorial team of Mindfulness as Associate Editor also kept me busy.
To my delight, in summer 2016, I was also promoted to Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience in recognition of my scholarly activity.
I contributed the chapter on Mindfulness to the second edition of “The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness” (edited by S. Schneider & M. Velmans), which is about to be published. Furthermore, we published a few articles on mindfulness and food intake (Fisher et al., 2016), mindful ageing (Malinowski et al, in press) and the role of mindfulness and interoceptive awareness in relation to eating disorders (Lattimore et al, 2017). The latter article is currently freely accessible, but only until 21 January: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1U8lb_3mNQItBC
After 21 January you will need a subscription to access it. However, Malinowski et al (in press) is, and will remain freely accessible at doi: 10.1007/s12671-015-0482-8

  • Lattimore, P., Mead, B. R., Irwin, L., Grice, L., Carson, R. & Malinowski, P. (2017). ‘I can’t accept that feeling’: Relationships between interoceptive awareness, mindfulness and eating disorder symptoms in females with, and at-risk of an eating disorder. Psychiatry Research, 247, 163-171. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.11.022
  • Malinowski, P. (2017). Mindfulness. In S. Schneider & M. Velmans (Eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness, 2nd edition. Oxford: Wiley & Son.
  • Malinowski, P., Moore, A. W., Mead, B. R. & Gruber, T. (in press). Mindful Aging: The effects of regular brief mindfulness practice on electrophysiological markers of cognitive and affective processing in older adults. Mindfulness. doi: 10.1007/s12671-015-0482-8
  • Fisher, N. R., Lattimore, P. & Malinowski, P. (2016). Attention with a mindful attitude attenuates subjective appetitive reactions and food intake following food-cue exposure. Appetite, 99, 10-16. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.12.009


And here a brief request: As every year, many of my undergraduate and postgraduate students conduct studies that investigate different aspects of meditation and mindfulness. Currently, one of them is looking for participants (meditators and non-meditators) to complete a brief online survey. She would be more than delighted If you could spare a few minutes. Have a look at: https://ljmu.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/mindfulness-and-psychological-wellbeing



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