Research Briefs

  • After 10 days of mindfulness app, heart shows less stress
    by David Black on January 25, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Posted 01.25.2021 | by AMRA The human heart beats about 100,000 times per day. The time interval between each heartbeat changes from moment to moment. Heart rate variability (HRV) is a measure of these time fluctuations between heartbeats over time. […]

  • Brain and immune changes in cancer survivors after mindfulness
    by David Black on January 19, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Posted 01.19.2021 | by AMRA Research shows that mindfulness practice can reduce pro-inflammatory biomarkers related to illness onset and disease progression. Little is known, however, about how meditation-induced changes in inflammation are […]

  • Mindfulness primer boosts physician communication skills
    by David Black on December 23, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Posted 12.22.2020 | by AMRA Delivering bad news to patients is one of the many challenges physicians face. The exchange can be emotionally taxing for both the physician and patient, and if communicated poorly, can lead to misunderstanding, emotional […]

  • MBSR better than stress management for heath worker distress
    by David Black on December 17, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Posted 12.17.2020 | by AMRA Work-related stress is a major cause of employee dissatisfaction, absenteeism, turnover, and ill-health. Hospital healthcare workers face a number of significant work-related stresses including the physical, cognitive, […]

  • MBCT reduces symptoms of children hospitalized with cancer
    by David Black on November 30, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Posted 11.30.2020 | by AMRA Children with cancer often have significant cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and academic problems. These result not only from the illness itself, but also the anxieties associated with diagnosis and prognosis, the […]

  • Mindfulness app sustains attention after cold temperature stressor
    by David Black on November 17, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Posted 11.17.2020 | by AMRA Many critical tasks in daily life require sustained attention under stressful circumstances (e.g., air traffic control, combat, and emergency medical response) despite the fact that stress can deplete attention by […]

  • Autonomic activity while meditating linked to less opioid use
    by David Black on October 28, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Posted 10.28.2020 | by AMRA The over-prescription of opioids for chronic pain is a significant risk factor for drug abuse and addiction. About one-fifth of chronic pain patients double their opioid dosage over the course of two years, and so primary […]

  • School-based mindfulness aids child attention, brain connectivity
    by David Black on October 22, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Posted 10.22.2020 | by AMRA Children who have a greater cognitive capacity to sustain attention often perform better in school. Cognitive capacities such as increased attentional control can result from mindfulness training, as shown previously in […]

  • Brain gray and white matter reorganize with focused meditation
    by David Black on September 23, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Posted 09.23.2020 | by AMRA Meditation practice reportedly affects the gray (cell bodies) and white matter (axons) of the brain. However, cross-sectional studies comparing meditators to non-meditators are inconclusive, while many longitudinal […]

  • MBCT supports vocational competencies in couseling trainees
    by David Black on September 14, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Posted 09.14.2020 | by AMRA Psychological counseling as a profession can be emotionally taxing, and counseling trainees may experience compassion fatigue and elevated stress. Counseling training programs focus on teaching counseling skills, yet they […]