Our Mindfulness Research Page is a continuously updated bibliography of scholarly articles on mindfulness, meditation, compassion training, yoga, etc. Some other great resources include:
- American Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA) supporting empirical and conceptual efforts to establish an evidence base for the process, practice, and construct of mindfulness.
- Mindful Schools Research Page summarizing research on the benefits of mindfulness, including neuroscience, the latest scientific studies, and specific benefits for educators and students.
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Boyd, J. E., Lanius, M. D., & McKinnon, M. C. (2017). Mindfulness-based treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder: a review of the treatment literature and neurobiological evidence. J Psychiatry Neurosci 2018; 43(1).
Bränström, R., Kvillemo, P., Brandberg,Y., & Moskowitz, J. T. (2010). Self-Report mindfulness as a mediator of psychological well-being in a stress reduction intervention for cancer patients-a randomized study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 39(2), 151- 61.
Bremner, J. D., et.al. (2017). A Pilot Study of the Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Brain Response to Traumatic Reminders of Combat in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Combat Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Frontiers in Psychiatry.
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Dalen, J., Smith, B.W., Shelley, B.M., Sloan, A.L., Leahigh, L., & Begay, D. (2010). Pilot study: Mindful Eating and Living (MEAL): weight, eating behavior, and psychological outcomes associated with a mindfulness-based intervention for people with obesity. Complement Ther Med. 18(6):260-264.
Danucalov, M. A., Simoes, R. S., Kozasa, E. H., & Leite, J. R. (2008). Cardiorespiratory & metabolic changes during yoga. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 33(2), 77-81.
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Delgado, L. C., Guerra, P., Perakakis, P., Vera, M. N., et al. (2010). Treating chronic worry: Psychological and physiological effects of a training programme based on mindfulness. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48(9):873-82.
Dhungel, K.U., Malhotra, V., Sarkar, D., & Prajapati, R. (2008). Effect of alternate nostril breathing exercise on cardio respiratory functions. Nepal Medical College Journal, 10(1), 25-7.
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Enkema, M. C., & Bowen, S. (2017). Mindfulness practice moderates the relationship between craving and substance use in a clinical sample. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 179: 1-7.
Epstein, R. & Gonzales, T. (2017). Gender & Trauma, Somatic Interventions For Girls In Juvenile Justice: Implications For Policy And Practice. Center on Poverty & Inequality, Georgetown Law. [yoga & mindfulness].
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