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Informing mindfulness research and practice.


Posted Mar 07, 2023

Ruminative thinking involves repetitively dwelling on negative experiences. A high level of ruminative thinking is a risk factor for depressive and anxiety disorders and is also a major feature of these disorders. Mindfulness offers a way to attend to negative experience...

Posted Feb 20, 2023

Mindfulness interventions often combine teaching a skill (attentional focus) with teaching an attitude (non-judgmental compassion). When mindfulness interventions successfully affect a target behavior, it can be challenging to discern which of these two training...

Posted Jan 31, 2022

Some types of human behavior are habit-like. That is, an individual will respond to a stimulus with little-to-no awareness of the reward for performing the behavior. Other responses appear to be more intentional and goal directed. That is, an individual acts with....

Welcome to AMRA!

The American Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA) was founded in 2013. The Mindfulness Research Monthly scientific bulletin has been in circulation since 2009. Our mission is to support empirical and conceptual efforts to establish an evidence base for the process, practice, and construct of mindfulness; promote best evidence-based standards for the use of mindfulness research and its applications; facilitate professional development through grant giving; and disseminate newly gained knowledge to the public.

AMRA serves as a professional resource to the sciences and humanities, practice communities, and the broader public on mindfulness from the perspective of contemplative practice.

Learn more about our valuable resources and organizational leadership.


To increase awareness of and inform the latest advances in mindfulness research.

Journal Club

Recommended Readings for our Community

March 2023 article references added to the AMRA library. Members have full access to the AMRA reference library spanning 1960-2023. Online article access is controlled solely by journal publishers and open access policies and is not controlled by AMRA.

  • Baetge, S. J., Filser, M., Renner, A., Raithel, L. M., Lau, S., Pöttgen, J., & Penner, I.-K. (2023). Supporting brain health in multiple sclerosis: Exploring the potential of neuroeducation combined with practical mindfulness exercises in the management of neuropsychological symptoms. Journal of Neurology. 
  • Du, W., Yu, H., Liu, X., & Zhou, X. (2023). Mindfulness training reduces slippery slope effects in moral decision-making and moral judgment. Scientific Reports.
  • Norouzi, E., Rezaie, L., Bender, A. M., & Khazaie, H. (2023). Mindfulness plus physical activity reduces emotion dysregulation and insomnia severity among people with major depression. Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
  • Requier, F., Hendy, A. S., Schlosser, M., Demnitz-King, H., Whitfield, T., Chételat, G., Klimecki, O., Lutz, A., Marchant, N. L., & Collette, F. (2023). Association Between Meditative Capacities and Cognitive Functions in Healthy Older Adults Naïve to Meditation Practice. Mindfulness.
  • Siffredi, V., Liverani, M. C., Van De Ville, D., Freitas, L. G. A., Borradori Tolsa, C., Hüppi, P. S., & Ha-Vinh Leuchter, R. (2023). The effect of mindfulness-based intervention on neurobehavioural functioning and its association with white-matter microstructural changes in preterm young adolescents. Scientific Reports.

Early Career Scientist Award

Are you starting a career as a mindfulness researcher? AMRA supports promising scholars through the AMRA Early Career Scientist Award (ECSA) program. Eligible are AMRA members who are currently trainees in masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral programs or within their first two years of terminal degree and currently working at a research institute. The candidate must have one or more first author publications related to mindfulness, and show promise for future impact. Learn more about the program and previous award recipients.

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