The Center for Mindfulness, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, states that “A large body of research has established the efficacy of these mindfulness-based practices in reducing the symptoms of a number of disorders, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders and chronic pain, as well as improving wellbeing and quality of life. Link to their Study
Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Research on Mindfulness and Meditation
Richard J. Davidson Alfred W. Kaszniak
October 2015 American Psychologist
Both basic science and clinical research on mindfulness, meditation, and related constructs have dramatically increased in recent years. However, interpretation of these research results has been challenging. This article addresses unique conceptual and methodological problems posed by research in this area.
Intensive Meditation Training Influences Emotional Responses to Suffering
Erika L. Rosenberg, Anthony P. Zanesco, Brandon G. King, Stephen R. Aichele, Tonya L. Jacobs, David A. Bridwell, Katherine A. MacLean, Phillip R. Shaver, Emilio Ferrer, Baljinder K. Sahdra, Shiri Lavy, B. Alan Wallace, and Clifford D. Saron
American Psychological Association 2015
These results suggest that intensive meditation training encourages emotional responses to suffering characterized by enhanced sympathetic concern for, and reduced aversion to, the suffering of others.
Loving-Kindness Meditation Increases Social Connectedness
Cendri A. Hutcherson, Emma M. Seppala, and James J. Gross
Stanford University American Psychological Association 2008
The need for social connection is a fundamental human motive, and it is increasingly clear that feeling
socially connected confers mental and physical health benefits. The results of this study suggest that using a Loving-Kindness meditation may help to increase positive social emotions and decrease social isolation.