Special Issue "Mindfulness Meditation, Cognition and Psychopathology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2021.
Interests: mindfulness meditation; EEG; attention; cognition; working memory; depression; TMS
Interests: depression and anxiety; decision-making; fMRI; mindfulness; psychometrics
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
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- mindfulness meditation
- near infrared spectroscopy
- functional and effective connectivity