Science-Based Application: Resources

Links

  • American Psychology Association – Literature reviews and meta-analyses are likely more interesting/useful than individual studies.
  • Wikipedia – Classic overview of MBSR and MBCT.  Encyclopedia definitions with history and background.
  • Greater Good Science Center – Limitations of Mindfulness. A run down of articles for skeptics that want to read into the hard science on some of the generalized claims made by mindfulness promoters.

Books

A good mix of science and logic into why practicing meditation and mindfulness is good for your health.

Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine by Saki Santorelli–Mindfulness used in the field of medicine. A lot of focus on chronic pain management.

-Written by the founders of MBCT, a book for anyone interested in where mindfulness and psychology meet. Helpful to learn more about recurrent depression.

A very practical companion for stress reduction.

Founder of Mindfulness movement MBSR0: mindfulness with an emphasis on reducing stress.

Videos

Jon Kabat Zinn Body Scan Meditation GUIDED MEDITATION- A guided meditation by Jon Kabat Zinn that takes you through the process of scanning the body with the goal of creating more body awareness.

Optimize Interview: The Neuroscience of Meditation with Richie Davidson–Brian Johnson breaks down the Neuroscience of meditation and curates the takeaways from Richie Davidson book.  Mindfulness for those with only a few minutes to spare.

Meditation Changes Your Brain for the Better, Even if You’re Not a Monk | Wendy Suzuki

Does Meditation Really Affect Your Brain?–Hank Greene explores the science of meditation and the brain in a fun youtube series, SciShow Psych

Dr. Ron Siegel: “The Science of Mindfulness” | Talks at Google–the history of mindfulness and an explanation of the evolutionary adaption of meta awareness.

Tools