Research and Articles

balance plantThe following sites contain information or have links to some of the current  research on Mindfulness

Bangor University: www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/

Duke University Centre for Integrative Medicine:  http://www.dukeintegrativemedicine.org/

Stress Reduction Centre UMass: www.umassmed.edu/cfm/home/index.aspx

USCD Centre for Mindfulness: www.ucsdcfm.wordpress.com

Articles

Harvard Medical School Publications: www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-improves-connections-in-the-brain-201104082253

Kerr et al., (2013) The body-focused attention training in Mindfulness could exert “upward” influence on cognitive and emotion regulation:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3570934/

Werner et al.,(2102),  Self-Compassion can help with Social anxiety:https://webspace.utexas.edu/neffk/pubs/SADandSC.pdf

Moore et al., (2012), Regular, brief mindfulness training results in improvements in attention and fosters changes in neuronal activity related to attentional control:http://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fnhum.2012.00018/abstract

A 2012 Harvard University study found that participating in an eight-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating, and led to differences in the response of the amygdala — a part of the brain known to be important for how we deal with emotion.

Brewer et al.,(2011), Meditators have decreased activity in areas of the brain called the default mode network, which has been implicated in lapses of attention and disorders such as anxiety, attention deficiency and hyper-activity http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-11-tuning-brains-benefit-meditation.html

Davis & Hayes,(2011) The Benefits of Mindfulness: http://www.traumacenter.org/products/pdf_files/Benefits_of_Mindfulness.pdf

A 2010 Stanford University study found that an 8-week mindfulness course changed the way the brain normally engaged in negative or critical self-judgment and helped regulate emotions in people who suffered from social anxiety.

Yi-Yuan Tang et al., (2010) Meditating may improve the integrity and efficiency of certain connections in the brain where ADD and addictions arise : http://www.pnas.org/content/107/35/15649

A 2010 study by Corcoran,Farb, Anderson, & Segal found that mindfulness helps develop effective emotion regulation in the brain,helping people deal better with difficult emotions.

A meta-analysis of 39 different studies by Hofmann et.al.,  – involving 1,140 people – found that the benefits of  mindfulness might be felt across a wide range of conditions from cancer sufferers to anxiety issues and  eating issues,  as mindfulness teaches the skills needed to deal with stress in general:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2848393/

Research done at the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that teaching mindfulness to people with clinical levels of anxiety led to 90% experiencing significant reductions in anxiety and depression.

A 2004 study by Ramel et al., found that participants suffering from depression  in the 8-week MBSR Course had significantly less reflective rumination compared to: a) participants’ initial rumination scores, and b) a control group matched on age, gender, and initial depressive symptoms. Rumination refers to excessive worrying about problems: http://www.sophro-axe.fr/fs/Articles_scientifiques_Mindfulness/6lwwh-Effects_of_MBCT_and_affect_in_patients_with_past_depression.pdf