Index of meditation studies and features


This is a list of the most recent studies reviewed, newest pages appear in descending order. Many of the studies and subject areas have been suggested by visitors, so if you’d like us to review a study, or have a particular area of interest drop  us a line.

Keywords Title Year
History of the science of meditation The scientific history of meditation helps to explain the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary medicalised meditation methods. 2020
Adverse effects of meditation Perhaps the first review of the adverse events linked to meditation practices (MAEs). This paper suggests that research in this field has lacked scientific objectivity for half a century. 2020
Compassion A further review of Richard Layard’s book on compassion highlights opportunities and systemic problems with the science of mindfulness (links to the Critical Mindfulness website). The claims made for the benefits of meditation based mind training fail to discuss the potential of adverse effects. 2020
Motivation Although it has attracted little media attention, there are profound implications to the news that mindfulness meditation impairs task motivation but not performance. Evidence that mindfulness reduces our commitment to a task raises contradictions with many spiritual meditation traditions. 2018
Meditation, nonduality Now a little dated,  Capra’s paper still raises essential questions generally ignored by contemporary meditation scientists. The implications of combining ontologically distinct disciplines 1976
Altruism  A controversial book by Richard Layard suggests that increasing altruism is correlates with happiness. 2020
Altruism, pro-social behaviour Scientists demonstrate a relationship between pro-social behaviour and reduced suffering, even the experience of pain. 2019
Dementia, cognitive decline Meditation appears able to improve brain function in people already suffering cognitive decline. 2020
Theoretical frameworks, mindfulness, meditation Contemplative cognition: A more integrative framework for advancing mindfulness and meditation research 2017
MBIs, retractions, mindfulness Standardised mindfulness-based interventions in healthcare: an overview of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of RCTs 2015
Empathy, compassion and prosocial behaviour A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of the Effects of Meditation on Empathy, Compassion and Pro-social Behaviors 2018
Default mode network (DMN) How far can we trust meditation research?: Growing concerns about the quality of meditation research are discussed from a scientific perspective. 2018
Podcast Nondual Awareness – Duality and non-duality are the two poles of human experience, understanding them is a key part of engaging with meditation 2018
Default mode network (DMN) A wandering mind is an unhappy mind. Few scientific studies have acknowledge the importance of correlations in intrinsic-extrinsic network activity and the practice of meditation. 2010
Default mode network (DMN) A wandering mind is a less caring mind: Daily experience sampling during compassion meditation training. 2016
Default mode network (DMN) The default network and self‐generated thought: component processes, dynamic control, and clinical relevance 2014
MCI, dementia, brain health in middle age A personalized 12‐week ” Brain Fitness Program” for improving cognitive function and increasing the volume of hippocampus in elderly with mild cognitive impairment. 2016
Mind-wandering The wandering brain: Meta-analysis of functional neuroimaging studies of mind-wandering and related spontaneous thought processes 2015
Depression, mindfulness Meditation buffers medical student compassion from the deleterious effects of depression 2018
Mindfulness, stop smoking Efficacy of mindfulness meditation for smoking cessation: A systematic review and meta-analysis 2017
Meditation, cognitive ageing Cognitive Ageing and Long-Term Maintenance of Attentional Improvements Following Meditation Training 2018
Research issues Outstanding Challenges in Scientific Research on Mindfulness and Meditation 2018
Compassion mind training, palliative care Mindfulness and compassion-oriented practices at work reduce distress and enhance self-care of palliative care teams: a mixed-method evaluation of an “on the job“ program 2017
Prosocial effects The limited prosocial effects of meditation: A systematic review and meta-analysis 2017
Mirror neurons Understanding motor events: a neurophysiological study 1992
Nondual meditation Neural correlates of nondual awareness in meditation 2014
Defining mindfulness Is mindfulness Buddhist? (and why it matters) 2015
Defining mindfulness What does mindfulness really mean? A canonical perspective 2011
Stress and wellbeing Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-being: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis 2014
Mindfulness and MBSR Some reflections on the origins of MBSR, skilful means, and the trouble with maps 2011
Defining mindfulness On Some Definitions of Mindfulness 2011
Defining mindfulness Is mindfulness present-centred and non-judgmental? A discussion of the cognitive dimensions of mindfulness 2011
Defining mindfulness Mindfulness in Cultural Context 2015
Theoretical frameworks Investigating the Phenomenological Matrix of Mindfulness-Related Practices from a Neurocognitive Perspective 2015
Research issues Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Research on Mindfulness and Meditation 2015
Mindfulness and structural change Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain grey matter density 2011
Mindfulness and time perception The effect of mindfulness meditation on time perception 2013
Mindfulness and society Mindfulness: Towards A Critical Relational Perspective 2013
Loving-kindness meditation, PTSD Loving-kindness Meditation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Pilot Study 2013
Mindfulness, MAAS The Benefits of Being Present: Mindfulness and Its Role in Psychological Well-being 2003
Meditation and structural change Neural correlates of attentional expertise in long-term meditation practitioners 2007
Meditation and structural change Effects of Mindful-attention and Compassion Meditation Training on Amygdala Response to Emotional Stimuli in an Ordinary, Non-meditative State 2012
Meditation and structural change Regulation of the Neural Circuitry of Emotion by Compassion Meditation: Effects of Meditative Expertise 2008
Meditation and emotional change Open Hearts Build Lives: Positive Emotions, Induced Through Loving-Kindness Meditation, Build Consequential Personal Resources 2008
Loving-kindness meditation and back pain Loving-Kindness Meditation for Chronic Low Back Pain 2005
Loving-kindness meditation Loving-kindness meditation increases social connectedness 2008

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