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

New manuscript in American Psychologist!

Investigating the phenomenological matrix of mindfulness-related practices from a neurocognitive perspective.


Read the abstract here.

Neuroscience Building Open House.

The Jha Lab was excited to host over 250 visitors to the grand opening of the neuroscience building at the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami. Learn more here.


MBAT Military Spouses project underway!

DOD-funded project to offer mindfulness and compassion training to military spouses is in progress at Maxwell Air Force Base. Read more here and here.


Summer 2015

New research project with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
Read more on The Huffington Post.

Spring 2015

Watch Amishi’s recent Q & A with the NIH here.

Watch Amishi’s recent interview on The Huffington Post Live here.

Huffinton Post Live 3_9_15

Join us April 7 for a UMindfulness Lecture with Dr. Zindel Segal.

Zindel Segal

New Jha Lab Paper! Mindfulness Training in Military Cohorts.
Read it here

Terrific UMindfulness Lecture and Conversation with Dr. Dan Goleman. Read more here and see video here.


Dan Goleman talkAmishi and Dan Goleman discuss attention and mindfulness.
Photo credit: Raymond Mathews