Studies/Articles/Benefits of Mindfulness

A treasure-trove of recent mindfulness research can be found here: The American Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA). Founded in 2013, the AMRA’s mission is to support empirical and conceptual efforts to establish an evidence base for the process, practice, and construct of mindfulness; promote best evidence-based standards for the use of mindfulness research and its applications; and facilitate mindfulness-related dialogue and discovery. AMRA serves as a professional resource to the sciences and humanities, practice communities, and the broader public on mindfulness from the perspective of contemplative practice.

Below is a list of articles and studies about mindfulness practice:

Time Magazine – Nov. 11, 2015
Meditation Reduces Emotional Pain by 44%: Study
According to a new study, mindfulness meditation exhibited even stronger physical pain reductions than morphine, says the study’s lead investigator

ScienceAlert, Nov. 8, 2015
World-first evidence suggests that meditation alters cancer survivors’ cells
For the first time, scientists have found clear biological evidence that meditation and support groups can affect us on a cellular level

Huffington Post, Dec. 1, 2014
A Surprising Treatment For Depression That May Be Just As Effective As Talking To A Therapist
“Researchers found group mindfulness treatment to be AS EFFECTIVE as individual cognitive behavioral therapy in treating individuals suffering from anxiety, depression and severe stress responses — and it may be more affordable and convenient.”

Nov. 19, 2014
Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuild the Brain’s Gray Matter in 8 Weeks

National Post, Nov. 3, 2014
Yoga and Mindfulness Practices Found to Assist Breast Cancer Recovery at The Cellular Level

Science Journal, Dec. 13, 2013
Study Reveals Gene Expression Changes With Meditation

Massachusetts General Hospital, Nov. 12, 2012
Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain

Daily Mail UK June 12, 2012
Meditation improves brain wiring in just one month

Time Magazine, Jan. 11, 2012
Mind Reading: Meditation isn’t just for hippies anymore. And it’s not all about saying ommmm. 

ABC News, Nov. 22, 2011
Brain Imaging Illuminates Neuro Basis of Meditation

The Washington Post, Feb. 18, 2013
Mindfulness and meditation training could ease PTSD symptoms, researchers say

The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 15, 2011
Rewiring the Brain to Ease Pain: Brain Scans Fuel Efforts to Teach Patients How to Short-Circuit Hurtful Signals

Psychology Today, April 26, 2011
Mindfulness: Potent Medicine for Easing Physical Suffering

The Huffington Post, March 7, 2012
Why Mindfulness Meditation Makes Us Healthier

Oncology, Nurse Edition, Oct. 19, 2010
Integrative Oncology: Mindfulness Meditation

The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine:
Mindfulness or Medication: Who Will Beat Insomnia?

Harvard Gazette, Feb. 2, 2006
Meditation Found to Increase Brain Size

Huffington Post Healthy Living, May 24, 2012
How to Best Help Alzheimer’s Caregivers? Teach Them Mindfulness

Wildmind, No. 29, 2011
The Science of Lovingkindness