Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory: Mindfulness Research
In the last two decades, mindfulness and its associated meditation practices has been successfully adapted in contexts of clinical health and psychology, especially with relation to treating stress, targeting emotion dysregulation, and improving skills like empathy and altruistic behavior. Yet, two important questions remain unanswered:
(1) What brain changes occur during the practice of mindfulness over the course of training and across the spectrum of experience?
(2) What is the therapeutic relevance of mindfulness and its associated practices across the neuropsychiatric spectrum?
Within the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory, a team of researchers including Dr. David Vago focus on clarifying the construct of mindfulness and its therapeutic relevance in psychiatric disorders and conditions.