Mapping the Meditative Mind is an initiative that attempts to use mixed methods for understanding the elements (and the relationships between such elements) that make up 1st person phenomenological experience during various meditative practices. Neurobiological substrates that give rise to phenomenological experience underlying different modalities of awareness in mindfulness practice are mapped onto conceptual and computational models.

Psychological resilience, in this context, refers to the ability for an individual to adaptively respond to stress and adversity. Ideally, we would like to understand how mindfulness skills can contribute to decreasing risk and improving resilience from symptom onset through remission and recovery across the spectrum of psychological disorders.

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What are the neural circuit changes and predictors of change in response to evidence-based treatments for psychopathology and neuropsychiatric disease states

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Dr. Vago and the FNL are investigating the potential long-term effects of exposure to mindfulness training during elementary school, on subsequent health attitudes, resilience to stress, and well-being as adults.

There are many forms of meditation. You may be wondering where to start. Here, I provide my own personal perspective and provide conceptual models that propose to demonstrate how the most common practices function to transform your mind and brain.

Dr. Vago and the FNL are leading studies investigating the effects of meditation on the brain

There are now hundreds of medical and research-focused centers around the globe that incorporate mindfulness and other contemplative practices into core treatment protocol and evidence-based research. Find out about all the centers near you or networked in this community

Dr. Vago and the FNL have been designing systems-based models of contemplative practices that identify the core cognitive, psychological, computational, and neural mechanisms by which practices like meditation and yoga function to achieve their benefits

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  • The Impact of Yoga Nidra and Seated Meditation on the Mental Health of College Professors.
    The Impact of Yoga Nidra and Seated Meditation on the Mental Health of College Professors. Int J Yoga. 2018 Sep-Dec;11(3):215-223 Authors: Ferreira-Vorkapic C, Borba-Pinheiro CJ, Marchioro M, Santana D Abstract Background: World statistics for the prevalence of anxiety and mood disorders shows that a great number of individuals will experience some type of anxiety or […]

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  • Subjective well-being, religiosity and anxiety: a cross-sectional study applied to a sample of Brazilian medical students.
    Subjective well-being, religiosity and anxiety: a cross-sectional study applied to a sample of Brazilian medical students. Trends Psychiatry Psychother. 2018 Sep 17;: Authors: Machado L, Souza CTN, Nunes RO, de Santana CN, Araujo CF, Cantilino A Abstract OBJECTIVE: To assess associations between subjective well-being (SWB), religiosity, anxiety and other factors in a sample of Brazilian […]
  • Trait Mindfulness and Wellness in Multiple Sclerosis.
    Trait Mindfulness and Wellness in Multiple Sclerosis. Can J Neurol Sci. 2018 Sep;45(5):580-582 Authors: Mioduszewski O, MacLean H, Poulin PA, Smith AM, Walker LAS Abstract Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressive, autoimmune, neurodegenerative disorder that can interfere with physical and psychological functioning, negatively affecting health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Fostering mindfulness may mitigate the […]
  • Mindfulness meditation and physical activity: Evidence from 2012 National Health Interview Survey.
    Mindfulness meditation and physical activity: Evidence from 2012 National Health Interview Survey. Health Psychol. 2018 Oct;37(10):924-928 Authors: Strowger M, Kiken LG, Ramcharran K Abstract OBJECTIVE: Physical activity is critical for health, yet only about half of the U.S. adult population meets basic aerobic physical activity recommendations and almost a third are inactive. Mindfulness meditation is […]