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

Previous Talks


News of Interest

Fall 2014

CBS 60 Minutes feature on Mindfulness with Anderson Cooper notes research on attention and memory.
Watch here.

60 minutes

New Jha Lab paper by Dr. Martin Paczynski!
Brief Exposure to Aversive Stimuli Impairs Visual Selective Attention

See video here and read here about Dr. Jha’s recent dialogue with the Dalai Lama and Dr. Richard Davidson at the International Symposia for Contemplative Studies.

ISCS 2014


Photos by: Jurek Schreiner

Successful UMindfulness Faculty, Staff, and Student Retreat at the Deering Estate!

Retreat 3

Inspiring UMindfulness Lecture by Congressman Tim Ryan. Read more here.

Tim Ryan


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Fall UMindfulness Lectures!


Learn more about past UMindfulness speakers here.

Summer 2014

CANE BRAIN Project described in the Miami Herald. Read more here.

Miami Herald CaneBrain Front Page Image

Spring 2014

Amishi Presents Military Mindfulness Research at NIH

Amishi with Dr. Josephine Briggs, Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Amishi was invited as a featured speaker for NCCAM’s integrated medicine lecture series. See video here.