Amishi P. Jha, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Miami

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Attention and working memory are two important cognitive systems that interact with each other to allow for fluid behavior. Whereas attention allows for selection between relevant and irrelevant information, working memory allows relevant information to be maintained and manipulated over time. In our lab we use behavioral methods, event-related potentials, and functional MRI to investigate attention and working memory. We are particularly interested in understanding how these systems work together to select and de-select information. In addition, we investigate how core selection processes may be modified with training (including mindfulness-based training techniques) and mental mode manipulations (including mood, self-focus, and creativity).

Our lab is within the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, in Florida.


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News of Interest

Fall 2016

Amishi to Join President Frenk in Los Angeles

Amishi to Join University of Miami President Julio Frenk in Los Angeles for the We Are One U tour. Learn more here.


2016 Society for Neuroscience Meeting

Dr. Ekaterina Denkova presented a functional MRI study on sustained attention, mind-wandering and confidence. There was also a Jha lab reunion with lab alumni Drs. Kartik Sreenivasan, now Assistant Professor at NYU-Abu Dhabi, Ling Wong now at NIH, and Pauline Baniqued & Anastasia Kiyonaga, who are both post-doctoral fellows at UC-Berkeley in the D’Esposito lab.

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International Symposium for Contemplative Studies 2016

The Jha Lab was well represented at ISCS 2016! Amishi served as keynote presenter and co-chair of the 1200 attendee meeting. Several lab members successfully presented posters on our current research projects including work with military service members and spouses. To view images from the conference click here.


Online Meditation Summit from the Shambala Mountain Center

The Jha Lab’s research on attention and mindfulness will be featured in a lecture by Amishi on Oct 19, 2016 as part of the summit. Learn how to get time-limited free access to her lecture and the entire summit here.


Jha Lab Research Presented at the Pentagon

MG Piatt and Amishi co-presented on the topic of mindfulness in military cohorts at the Pentagon on Oct 4. Their presentation was hosted by the Defense Centers of Excellence and the Office of Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Learn more here or watch the presentation.


Amishi Presents Keynote Lecture at Middlebury College’s Clifford Symposium

Amishi discusses the impact of mindfulness practice on the brain’s attention network at this year’s Clifford Symposium. Read about her presentation here or watch the lecture.

Amishi pictured with Middlebury President Laurie Patton.

Mindfulness Retreat for Lawyers and Judges Announced for Oct 2016

Amishi will join Judge Alan Gold and Scott Rogers to co-lead a mindfulness retreat for judges and lawyers. Learn more here.

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Amishi briefs US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Amishi briefs US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Judges of the 10th Circuit in the Science of Mindfulness.

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Amishi pictured with LTC Jannell MacAulay, who briefed the group on mindful leadership in high stress professions, and Justice Sotomayor.

Amishi briefs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Amishi briefed the leadership of the 7th Infantry Division of the US Army regarding our active and planned research on mindful leadership in US Army troops.

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Amishi with 7th ID Commanding General, MG Thomas James.