Videos (TEDX and YouTube)

  • What Science Can Teach Us About Practice: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness, by Kelly McGonigal 

  • Mindfulness and Neural Integration, by  Daniel Siegel



Mindfulness Research

The therapeutic benefits of the gold standard of mindfulness training, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), from which all other MBIs (Mindfulness Based Interventions), including MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), are derived, are extremely well-documented and researched. Indeed, there are thousands of peer-reviewed studies and academic papers (3,500+) attesting to the myriad of health benefits - including actual changes in brain structure that can result – providing the mindfulness meditative training practices are diligently learnt and practiced throughout the full 8-week MBSR training program.  It is estimated that a further 35-40 research papers revealing and confirming further benefits are appearing worldwide each month at the present time. 

Mindfulness becomes mainstream

With the UK all-parliamentary party on mindfulness launched in the British parliament in May 2014, to study the benefits of bringing mindfulness and MBSR training into the UK health service, UK schools and UK prisons (up to 95 MPs and parliamentary staff have already undertaken mindfulness training during the past year), and the world-first  Mindful Leadership Global Forum happening in Australia in September 2014, with another following in US, it can be said that mindfulness training is truly becoming mainstream.

The Mindful Workplace

There is rapidly growing interest too, in both the impact of Mindfulness in the Workplace, and Mindfulness in Coaching, with a growing evidence base behind them. The UK held the first Mindfulness at Work conference in 2012, and there is a much larger one planned to take place at in September, 2014, co-hosted by Cranfield University's School of Management, together with As mentioned above, also in September, in Australia, is a world-first Mindful Leadership Global Forum, hosted by the WakeUpProject. Michael Chaskalson’s recent book, The Mindful Workplace: Developing Resilient Individuals and Resonant Organisations with MBSR (2011) and Janice Maturano's Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership (2014), are being seen in some coaching and leadership domains as equal in importance and influence to Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence a decade or so ago. There are increasingly longer lists of companies in USA and UK who are offering mindfulness training to their employees, and the list is slowly growing in Australia too.  

For ease of reference, the research here is categorised into two main sections: MBSR/MBCT for Health and Wellbeing, and Mindfulness Research Relevant to the Workplace. Obviously at times, these domains overlap.
Where possible, the actual paper/research is linked to its source, for others simply the reference is given.

MBSR/MBCT Research for Health and Wellbeing

Here is a miniscule sample of the type of peer-reviewed papers that have appeared over the last decade:

  • Vago,R and Silbersweig,D (2012), "Self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-transcendence (S-ART): a framework for understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of mindfulness", Frontiers of Human Neuroscience.
  • Kerr, C and Sacchet, M and Lazar, S and Moore, C and Jones, S (2013), " Mindfulness starts with the body: somatosensory attention and top-down modulation of cortical alpha rhythms in mindfulness meditation", Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  • ​Jha, A et al. (2007), "Mindfulness training modifies subsystems of attention" Cognitive Affective and Behavioural Neuroscience.
  • McCracken, L. M. & Yang, S. Y. (2008), "A contextual cognitive-behavioural analysis of rehabilitation worker's health and well-being: Influences of acceptance, mindfulness and values-based action" Rehabilitation Psychology.
  • Kabat-Zinn, J., Lipworth, L., Burncy, R. & Sellers, W. (1986), "Four-year follow-up of a meditation-based program for the self-regulation of chronic pain: Treatment outcomes and compliance" The Clinical Journal of Pain.
  • Davidson, R. J., Kabat-Zinn, J., Schumacher, J., Rosenkranz, M., Muller, D., Santorelli, S. F., Urbanowski, F., Harrington, A., Bonus, K. & Sheridan, J. F. (2003), "Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation" Psychosomatic Medicine.
  • Tang, Y. Y., Ma, Y., Wang, J., Fan, Y., Feng, S., Lu, Q., et al. (2007), "Short-term meditation training improves attention and self-regulation" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (US).

Mindfulness and The Workplace