Over the past three decades there has been a growing body of research providing powerful evidence that demonstrates the effectiveness of MBSR in improving health outcomes  and many physical and mental conditions. 

Mindfulness leads to positive changes in the Brain

(2011) In this study conducted by Sara Lazar, PhD, of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program, an 8 week MBSR class lead to measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, self awareness, and empathy.  The study found that mindfulness practice increased grey matter density in the hippocampus, an important region of the brain for learning and memory.    It decreased grey matter density in the amygdala, which is the brains "fight or flight" center.

Mindfulness Decreases Burnout

(2012) A study published in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine found that a continuing education course on MBSR was associated with significant improvements in burnout scores and mental well being for a broad range of healthcare providers.

Mindfulness Leads to Positive Effects on Brain and Immune Function

(2002) Richard Davidson of the university of Wisconsin, Madison, conducted a randomized, controlled study on the effect on brain and immune function of an 8 week MBSR course.  The study found greater activation on the left side of the brain, associated with positive affect.  the study also found significant increase in immune function in response to the flu shot. 

Mindfulness Lowers Blood Pressure

(2013) In a study published by Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Bio-behavioral Medicine, MBSR was found to lower blood pressure for patients with borderline high blood pressure.

Mindfulness Decreases Pain

(2010) Zen meditators showed structural brain changes in cortical thickness related to decreased sensitivity to thermal pain in pain related regions using functional MRIs.

For More Information About Mindfulness Research visit the Center for Mindfulness

website at http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/research