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.


Upcoming Talks

  • February 11th, 2016— Florida SouthWestern State College, Education for a New Humanity Series, Invited Speaker, Fort Myers, FL.
  • May 9th, 2016—You Want Proof? Here It Is – The Impact of Mindfulness on Your Brain & Your Business, The Mindful Business Conference, New York, NY.
  • November 12th, 2016— International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, Invited Keynote, San Diego, CA.

Previous Talks


News of Interest

Spring 2016

Two new employment opportunities in the Jha Lab!

Learn more about the positions here.


Compassion and Mindfulness Retreat with Sharon Salzberg.

The UMindfulness Initiative was proud to welcome Sharon Salzberg for a 2-day retreat with the Miami community! Over 175 members of the community were in attendance.


Successful UMindfulness lecture with Sharon Salzberg.

Over 75 attendees enjoyed the lecture and discussion by Sharon Salzberg at Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach hosted by the UMindfulness Initiative!


New manuscript in the journal Mindfulness!

Practice is Protective: Mindfulness Training Promotes Cognitive Resilience in High-Stress Cohorts.

articleRead the abstract here.

Sharon Salzberg visits Miami

The UMindfulness Initiative welcomes Sharon Salzberg, who will be giving a lecture at Temple Beth Sholom and leading a two-day compassion and mindfulness retreat at the Newman Alumni Center in January. Click the flyers below to learn more and register. Limited spaces available!


Amishi selected to give 1 of 9 featured “‘Cane Talks” at inauguration of University President, Julio Frenk.

Lively ten-minute presentations by leading thinkers in the University of Miami community, ‘Cane Talks highlight the big questions we face in the next century. Learn more here!


Fall 2015

Amishi on Philadelphia’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane.

Click here to listen to Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, featuring interviews with Amishi and Dr. Linda Carlson.


Successful UMindfulness lecture with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Over 800 attendees enjoyed the lecture and discussion by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Watch the video here.


3rd Meeting of the Mindfulness Research Working Group.

Productive meeting of 30 contemplative science scholars co-organized by Zindel Segal, Judson Brewer, and Amishi, and hosted by the Jha Lab in Coral Gables.