Research has shown mindfulness to address health issues such as lower blood pressure and boost the immune system; increase attention and focus, including aid those suffering from ADHD; help with difficult mental states such as anxiety and depression, fostering well-being and less emotional reactivity; and thicken the brain in areas in charge of decision making, emotional flexibility, and empathy.
UCLA Mindful Awareness Research center is housed under the The Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. The Cousins Center serves as a major campus facilitator for bridging training in the fields of behavioral science, neuroscience, and immunology.
The Cousins Center brings together diverse group of scientists with the goal of understanding the role of immunological mechanisms that underlie behavioral disturbances with impacts on mental health.
The Cousins Center consists of core faculty conducting PNI-based research studies on aging, alcohol and substance abuse, cancer, infectious diseases, inflammatory diseases and mind-body interactions. In addition, the center has its own on-site Inflammatory Biology Core Laboratory and Psychophysiology Laboratory.
For more information on being a study participant at the Cousins Center, click here or please contact: 310.267.4389.
Other Mindfulness research investigating biological correlates are being conducted by MARC & PNI researchers. Mindfulness Bibliography
A pilot study of MAPs for Pre-K was conducted at the UCLA Early Education Center from Jan-May of 2007. The MAPs learning tool was an InnerKids program and the evaluation study was conducted by Drs. Smalley, Flook, and Ms. Jennifer Kitil. The study consists of 48 children, who received two MAPs classes per week for eight weeks. Results showed improvement in executive function, Smalley et al submitted.
Mindful awareness practices are being incorporated into numerous treatment modalities for various psychiatric and behavioral conditions.
The Mindful Awareness Program for ADHD (MAPs for ADHD) was developed by Lidia Zylowska, MD and Susan Smalley, PhD as an innovative study to explore the utility of meditation treatment for teenagers and adults with ADHD. This work was supported, in part, by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation.
The program was evaluated for sensibility in adult and teen populations and results of the study are available via Dr. Zylowska. For more information, please see article in ADDitudes Magazine.
We are very excited to announce the publication of MARC/InnerKids child research in the Journal of Applied School Psychology.