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.
- June 24-30, 2013—Mindfulness Week, Mindhouse Park, Tallberg, Sweden.
- May 13, 2013—NY Academy of Sciences and Scientific American Mind Meeting, New York, NY. Speaker: “Social and Emotional Learning: Preparing Our Children to Excel”
- May 3-5, 2013—Learning & the Brain “Executive Skills for School” Conference, Arlington, VA.
- April 17-21, 2013—Center for Mindfulness Scientific Conference, Norwood, MA.
- April 16, 2013—Brown University Contemplative Studies Initiative, Providence, RI.
- February 6, 2013—NY Academy of Sciences and Nour Foundation Meeting, New York, NY. Speaker: “Becoming Conscious: Uncovering the Science of Mindfulness”
- January 23-27, 2013—IdeasLab Presentation, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland.
- November 9, 2012—34th Annual Conference of the National Association of Women Judges, Miami, FL.
- October 26, 2012—Superintendents Forum – 100 Public School Superintendents from 30 states, San Francisco, CA. Keynote Address: “Neuroscience and Technology”
- April 26-29, 2012—International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, Denver, CO. Master Lecture: “Meditation, Attention, and Neuroscience in the Military”
Panel: “Impact of Mindfulness on Brain Resting State Connectivity”
- March 28-April 1, 2012—Center for Mindfulness Scientific Conference, Norwood, MA. Co-chair, “Embodiment of Mindfulness: Neuroscience and Clinical Perspectives”
- March 16-18, 2012—Mindfulness in Education Network, Bryn Mawr College, PA. Keynote Address: “Improving Attention and Working Memory with Mindfulness Training” (see video)
- Feb 4-5, 2012—UC-San Diego. “From Dazed and Distracted to Attentive and Calm: What the Neuroscience of Mindfulness Reveals” (see video clip)
News of Interest
||Amishi participates in group dialogue with Richie Davidson and Jon Kabat-Zinn at the New York Academy of Science. See video.
Scientific American Mind
||Amishi’s article on Mindfulness Training is the cover story in the most recent issue of Scientific American Mind (March 2013)!
Web Show on Mindfulness
Amishi and Scott Rogers, Jha Lab collaborator, were both guests. Watch here.
||Amishi presents at the World Economic Forum. Read more here.
A Launch Event for the University of Miami, Mindfulness Research & Practice Initiative
Tussi Kluge, Matthieu Ricard & Amishi Jha
A Day of Mindfulness Meditation hosted by Mrs. Tussi Kluge.
Congressman Tim Ryan speaks at UM
Tim Ryan with University of Miami President Donna Shalala and Amishi
As part of a new S. Florida initiative, Mindful Kids Miami, the author of A Mindful Nation visited the UM Campus.
The Jha Lab’s work in military cohorts is reported in the New York Times and Washington Times.
The Jha Lab’s work is featured in the most recent issue of Miami Magazine. Video || Article