Special Issue "Mindfulness Meditation, Cognition and Psychopathology"

A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425). This special issue belongs to the section "Cognitive Neuroscience".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Neil W. Bailey
Guest Editor
Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia
Interests: mindfulness meditation; EEG; attention; cognition; working memory; depression; TMS
Dr. Nicholas Van Dam
Co-Guest Editor
School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia
Interests: depression and anxiety; decision-making; fMRI; mindfulness; psychometrics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Mindfulness meditation has been shown to improve mental health in a range of domains. These improvements have been proposed to be the result of improved attentional function. Some research has demonstrated neural changes associated with these improvements, but much more research is required for a full understanding of the mechanism of action. In particular, research is required that focuses on different mechanisms that might underpin altered cognitive function, such as (1) potential neurotransmitter changes, (2) neural excitation/inhibition balances, (3) network connectivity changes, (4) neural resource allocation changes, and (5) changes to bottom–up or top–down processing that underpin altered cognitive function resulting from meditation. The aim of this Special Issue is to solicit cutting-edge research that uses a neuroscientific approach to elucidate the mechanisms by which mindfulness meditation alters cognition and psychopathology and, where possible, shows whether and how neural and cognitive changes underpin improvements in psychopathology.

Dr. Neil W. Bailey
Dr. Nicholas Van Dam
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Brain Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • mindfulness meditation
  • neuroimaging
  • electroencephalography
  • fMRI
  • PET
  • near infrared spectroscopy
  • cognition
  • attention
  • functional and effective connectivity
  • neurotransmitters

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
Back to TopTop