Research in Mindfulness and Contemplative Science
The research on mindfulness and other related contemplative practices has exploded in the last several decades.
Numerous studies have already shown that mindfulness-based treatments can alleviate multiple mental and physical problems. New studies are also being done at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Institute of Health (NIH), among other places. Already, there are at least 250 hospitals and universities around the world that now use mindfulness-based treatments.
Mindful Schools — one of the world’s leading organizations that has pioneered the delivery of mindfulness training for classrooms—recently released early results from the largest study on mindfulness and children to date, involving 915 children and 47 teachers in 3 Oakland public schools. Mindful Schools also provides a wealth of information on mindfulness training and further mindfulness-based research studies to date, including:
2) A recent study of 102 adolescents being treated for mental health problems in an outpatient psychiatric clinic. After an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T), almost 80% were no longer diagnosed with one or more of their mental health diagnosis(es).
For more comprehensive overviews and summaries of research, check out these other links and papers below.
Research has grown even more in the broader field of Contemplative Science (the intersection between eastern and western traditions of scientific inquiry of our inner and outer world).
Below are just a few of the universities with active research or degree programs in the fields contemplative science, neuroscience, neurobiology, and other disciplines, studying the effects of meditation on the brain and behavior.
A more comprehensive list of research, centers and educational programs can be found on the following websites:
Other leading institutes outside of the formal university system but central to the collective research effort include: