The Meditation Research Lab
We investigate meditation and mindfulness from various perspectives. We focus on the neuroscience of meditation, aiming to pinpoint the brain processes associated with meditation as well as related cognitive and emotional functions. In addition, we pursue an applied approach, developing mindfulness-based interventions for different contexts and investigating the underlying mechanisms of change.
An important achievement of our group is that in a series of several studies we demonstrated that practicing mindful breath awareness training (M-BAT) for 10 minutes a day for only a few weeks in a row, will lead to important changes in meta-cognitive functions and corresponding changes in brain activity.
In a series of studies with an applied focus we discovered that mindfulness-based interventions that aim to improve eating behaviour may be particularly effective if they target interoceptive awareness and impulsive behavioural tendency, while promoting an accepting, non-judging awareness of own thoughts and emotions.
Our Group Members
Dr Peter Malinowski – Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience
Dr Paul Lattimore – Senior Lecturer
Rebecca Hort-Atkinson – current PhD student
Anthony Bennett – current PhD student
Former Group Members
Dr Adam Moore – former PhD student in our lab
Dr Bethan Mead – former Research Associate
Dr Naomi R. Fisher – former PhD student in our lab
Dr Joan Paul Pozuelos – former Researcher in our lab
Dr Kat Schneider – former PhD student in our lab