Research & Articles

Studies and Research Behind the Mindfulness


If you have not had much experience with mindfulness practice, all this could sound too good to be true. Can simply cultivating a different attitude toward our daily experience so profoundly can change our lives?

Over the last 40 years, mindfulness has been the subject of much research. This page provides resource links to a sample of various research studies and articles:

Research & Links

Cognition Improved By Mindfulness Meditation:

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain:

The Science of Mindfulness: Dr. Daniel J. Siegel on what makes mindfulness
beneficial to our health, psyche, and overall quality of life.

How Thinking Can Change the Brain:

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain:

Cognition Improved By Mindfulness Meditation:

Meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness:

Sara Lazar’s Meditation Research website:

Meditation May Increase the Thickness of the Cortex: SCR Feature, discussion & Interview — An
interview with Dr. Sara W. Lazar:

The neuroscience of mindfulness:

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training Reduces Loneliness and Pro-Inflammatory Gene
Expression in Older Adults: A Small Randomized Controlled Trial:

Rethinking Mental Health: Spirituality, Healing, and Culture- Lecture: Neuroscience and
Meditation PDF:

Promoting Self–Compassionate Attitudes toward Eating Among Restrictive and Guilty Eaters-

Self-Compassion and Reactions to Unpleasant Self-Relevant Events: The Implications of Treating
Oneself Kindly:

Mindfulness makes you ‘tougher’ too…

Putting Feelings Into Words Produces Therapeutic Effects in the Brain; UCLA Neuroimaging
Study Supports Ancient Buddhist Teachings:

Press Release: Only 25 Minutes of Mindfulness Meditation Alleviates Stress, According to Carnegie Mellon Researchers:

Mindfulness training helps lower blood pressure

Mindfulness helps cancer patients: New research shows that mindfulness-based therapy can
effectively reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in cancer patients.

Loving-kindness meditation for chronic low back pain: results from a pilot trial

Meditation over medication for irritable bowel syndrome? On exercise and alternative treatments
for irritable bowel syndrome.

The impact of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on sleep, mood, stress and fatigue
symptoms in cancer outpatients.

Developing mindfulness in college students through movement-based courses: effects on self-
regulatory self-efficacy, mood, stress, and sleep quality:

The Impact of regular meditation practice on EEG activity at rest and during evoked negative

Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation. After eight hours of mindfulness practice,
the meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences, including altered levels of
gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated
with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation.

What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?MRI scans show that after an eight-week
course of mindfulness practice, the brain’s “fight or flight” center, the amygdala, appears to shrink.
This primal region of the brain, associated with fear and emotion, is involved in the initiation of the
body’s response to stress.

How Mindfulness Meditation Permanently Changes Your Brain
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