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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Contemplative Education

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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  • Infant HPA axis as a potential mechanism linking maternal mental health and infant telomere length.
    Infant HPA axis as a potential mechanism linking maternal mental health and infant telomere length. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017 Nov 18;88:38-46 Authors: Nelson BW, Allen NB, Laurent H Abstract Maternal depression has been suggested to be an independent risk factor for both dysregulated hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) functioning and shorter telomere length in offspring. In contrast, research suggests […]
  • Sexual functioning in experienced meditators.
    Sexual functioning in experienced meditators. J Sex Marital Ther. 2017 Nov 21;:0 Authors: Dascalu MI, Brotto DLA Abstract Given evidence of the benefits of mindfulness for women's sexual difficulties, we investigated the relationship between meditation experience and women's sexual function. Women (n = 451) answered online survey questions about meditation experience, sexual function and desire, […]
  • The effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on wound healing: a preliminary study.
    The effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on wound healing: a preliminary study. J Behav Med. 2017 Nov 20;: Authors: Meesters A, den Bosch-Meevissen YMCI, Weijzen CAH, Buurman WA, Losen M, Schepers J, Thissen MRTM, Alberts HJEM, Schalkwijk CG, Peters ML Abstract Psychological factors have been shown to influence the process of wound healing. This study […]