Mindfulness meditation practices can be conceptualized as a set of attention-based, regulatory, and self-inquiry training regimes cultivated for various ends, including the training of well-being and psychological health. This panel discusses conceptual issues related to the construct of mindfulness in psychological research and reviews recent, nonclinical work in this area. Instead of proposing a single definition of mindfulness, we favor the view of mindfulness training as a continuum of practices embedded within a variety of axiological frameworks. We map mindfulness-related states and traits into a well-defined multidimensional phenomenal matrix that can readily be expressed into a neurocognitive framework. This phenomenal and neurocognitive matrix of mindfulness is presented as a heuristic to guide formulation of next generation research hypotheses from both cognitive/behavioral and neuroscientific perspectives. We review selected findings on mindfulness research. Lastly, we identify significant gaps in the literature and outline promising new directions for research.
University of Miami
Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee, Planning Committee Member, Steering Council Member
Amishi Jha is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami, and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, prior to which she was an … MORE