Research Briefs

  • Psilocybin increases self-transcendence among meditators
    by David Black on May 14, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Posted 05.15.2019 | by AMRA There are certain similarities between the increased awareness associated with the practice of mindfulness and the expanded consciousness associated with the use of psychedelic substances. Both are capable of promoting […]

  • Experienced MBSR teachers show higher cortisol, unrelated to stress
    by David Black on April 23, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Posted 04.23.2019 | by AMRA Little is known about the impact of many years of mindfulness practice on the body’s response to stress. Robb et al. [Complementary Medicine Research] conducted a pilot study that measured salivary cortisol levels […]

  • Insurance reimbursement for a primary care mindfulness program
    by David Black on April 15, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Posted 04.15.2019 | by AMRA Most patients with mild-to-moderate psychological problems are diagnosed and treated in primary care rather than mental health settings. Many of these patients also suffer from physical disorders, or from physical […]

  • Firefighter resilience increases after iPad mindfulness program
    by David Black on April 1, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Posted 04.01.2019 | by AMRA First responders such as firefighters, police, and EMTs are regularly exposed to stressful and traumatic experiences. These experiences put them at increased risk for depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and alcoholism. […]

  • Mindfulness plus acceptance training supports social connection
    by David Black on March 19, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Posted 03.19.2019 | by AMRA Loneliness and social isolation are major risk factors for poor health and increased mortality. Additionally, U.S. loneliness ratings have steadily risen in recent decades. Mindfulness could potentially mitigate this […]

  • Journal articles on mindfulness continue to grow in 2018
    by David Black on March 13, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Posted 03.13.2019 | by AMRA A new search of the term “mindfulness” shows that the concept continues to gain popularity. The number of academic journal articles published with the term “mindfulness” in the title reached 842 in […]

  • MBCT associated with less grief after death of loved one
    by David Black on February 27, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Posted 02.27.2019 | by AMRA The death of a loved one is a powerful stressor. Bereavement is not only painful and distressing, but can also trigger the onset of a variety of mental and medical disorders. Bereaved individuals may experience difficulty […]

  • CBT plus mindfulness meditation to prevent teen alcohol use
    by David Black on February 21, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Posted 02.21.2019 | by AMRA Nearly half of all 15-19 year olds drink alcohol, at least on occasion, despite laws prohibiting its use by minors. Increased alcohol consumption by teenagers is linked to problems with attention, memory, and cognition. […]

  • Primary care mindfulness program supports patient self care
    by David Black on January 24, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Posted 01.24.2019 | by AMRA Between 30-70% of physicians suffer from work-related burnout. Physician burnout is associated with higher medical error rates, poorer physician-patient communication, and increased physician substance abuse and suicide. […]

  • Primary care mindfulness program supports patient self care
    by David Black on January 18, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Posted 01.18.2019 | by AMRA While people with chronic illnesses can benefit from modifications in diet, exercise, and stress management, initiating and maintaining behavioral changes can be difficult. People with mental health problems can find it […]