Meditation as object of medical research

Mindfulness studies

Careful meditative focus on a seemingly small element — breathing, say — may produce significantly different mental states in meditators, differences that can now be more easily and exactly quantified. Credit: Mike Cohea/Brown University   

Mindfulness meditation produces personal experiences that are not readily interpretable by scientists who want to study its psychiatric benefits in the brain. At a conference near Boston April 5, 2014, Brown University researchers will describe how they’ve been able to integrate mindfulness experience with hard neuroscience data to advance more rigorous study.