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Informing mindfulness research and practice.


Posted Jun 20, 2023

The relation between major depressive disorder and brain iron concentrations remains speculative. The brain requires iron for various functions, including dopamine synthesis, myelin formation, oxygen transport, and energy metabolism. However too much iron...

Posted Jun 13, 2023

About 10% of patients who are prescribed opioids for their chronic pain go on to develop opioid use disorders, which are characterized by urges to use, difficulty in tapering off use, and impairment in daily activities. Given that mindfulness-based interventions have...

Posted May 23, 2023

Although behavior therapies are increasingly integrating mindfulness meditation, little is known about how this practice affects reward-based conditioning. Some research suggests that mindfulness can assist individuals in responding more rapidly to...

Welcome to AMRA!

The American Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA) was founded in 2013. The Mindfulness Research Monthly scientific bulletin has been in circulation since 2009. Our mission is to support empirical and conceptual efforts to establish an evidence base for the process, practice, and construct of mindfulness; promote best evidence-based standards for the use of mindfulness research and its applications; facilitate professional development through grant giving; and disseminate newly gained knowledge to the public.

AMRA serves as a professional resource to the sciences and humanities, practice communities, and the broader public on mindfulness from the perspective of contemplative practice.

Learn more about our valuable resources and organizational leadership.


To increase awareness of and inform the latest advances in mindfulness research.

Journal Club

Recommended Readings for our Community

September 2023 article references added to the AMRA library. Members have full access to the AMRA reference library spanning 1960-2023. Online article access is controlled solely by journal publishers and open access policies and is not controlled by AMRA.

  • Hsiung, Y., Chen, Y.-H., Lin, L.-C., & Wang, Y.-H. (2023). Effects of Mindfulness-Based Elder Care (MBEC) on symptoms of depression and anxiety and spiritual well-being of institutionalized seniors with disabilities: A randomized controlled trial. BMC Geriatrics.Ashton, S. M., Sambeth, A., & Quaedflieg, C. W. E. M. (2023). A mindful approach to controlling intrusive thoughts. Scientific Reports.
  • Jelsone-Swain, L., Settepani, M., McMullen, K., Stafford, J., & Cho, B. (2023). An examination of mindfulness on Mu suppression and pain empathy and its relation to trait empathy. Social Neuroscience.
  • Roos, C. R., Harp, N. R., Vafaie, N., Gueorguieva, R., Frankforter, T., Carroll, K. M., & Kober, H. (2023). Randomized trial of mindfulness- and reappraisal-based regulation of craving training among daily cigarette smokers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 
  • Silveira, S., Godara, M., Faschinger, A., & Singer, T. (2023). Reducing alexithymia and increasing interoceptive awareness: A randomized controlled trial comparing mindfulness with dyadic socio-emotional app-based practice. Journal of Affective Disorders. 
  • Singh, N. N., Lancioni, G. E., Felver, J. C., Myers, R. E., Hwang, Y.-S., Chan, J., & Medvedev, O. N. (2023). Effects of Mindful Engagement and Attention on Reciprocal Caregiver and Client Interactions: A Behavioral Analysis of Moment-to-Moment Changes During Mindfulness Practice. Mindfulness. 

Early Career Scientist Award

Are you starting a career as a mindfulness researcher? AMRA supports promising scholars through the AMRA Early Career Scientist Award (ECSA) program. Eligible are AMRA members who are currently trainees in masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral programs or within their first two years of terminal degree and currently working at a research institute. The candidate must have one or more first author publications related to mindfulness, and show promise for future impact. Learn more about the program and previous award recipients.

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