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Mapping the Meditative Mind

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.

Caring for the Mind

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.

Self-Dysregulation in Neuropsychiatry
Self-Dysregulation in Neuropsychiatry

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

Contemplative Education
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

Dr. Vago’s Ted-X Talk on Self-Transformation Through Mindfulness


Follow Dr. Vago’s latest posts at Psychology Today



RSS Meditation and Depression

RSS Neuroimaging and Meditation

RSS Mindfulness

  • Comparative efficacy of remotely delivered mindfulness-based eating awareness training versus behavioral-weight loss counseling during COVID-19 June 2, 2023
    INTRODUCTION: Dysregulated eating (emotional eating, cue-elicited eating, and dietary restraint and restriction) has been linked to being overweight or obese. The present investigation used a random controlled trial (RCT) to test the differential efficacy of remotely delivered Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) and Behavioral Weight Loss (BWL) counseling.
  • Interoception Within the Context of Impulsivity and Addiction June 2, 2023
    PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The goal of this review is to examine the relationship between impulsivity and interoception in addiction, to summarize the current understanding of the topic, identify any gaps in knowledge, and provide directions for future research.
  • Interdisciplinary pain therapy in the elderly June 2, 2023
    Chronic pain in the elderly is becoming increasingly important and is associated with serious health impacts. Therefore, international guidelines demand that pain therapy for the elderly preferably be a multimodal therapy based on a bio-psycho-social pain model. Specific psychometric tests and interview guidelines are available for the interdisciplinary pain assessment. Evidence for the effectiveness of […]

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