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

Marissa Krimsky in Japan for the 31st International Congress of Psychology

Graduate student Marissa Krimsky presented her poster “The influence of cognitive and affective factors on mind wandering” at the 31st International Congress of Psychology in Yokohama, Japan.


Amishi presents at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference

Amishi participated in the first-ever plenary panel on contemplative practice for judges and lawyers at the annual meeting of the Ninth Circuit. Her presentation discussed research on mindfulness training for high-demand professions.

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10% Happier Podcast Interview

ABC News anchor Dan Harris recently interviewed Amishi and MG Walter Piatt for his 10% Happier Podcast. Listen here.

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Jha Lab Launches Mindfulness Study with National Guard Units

This summer we will begin a DOD-funded project with the Kansas Air National Guard to investigate train-the-trainer delivery of mindfulness training.


Dr. Jha with KSANG 184th Intelligence Wing Vice Commander Col Joseph Jabara and SMSgt Justin Betterton

Jha Lab Featured on PBS Series ‘Living Well With Carmel’

Amishi and Scott Rogers discuss mindfulness training and the cost of stress on the brain’s attention system with Carmel Baronoff in her 30-minute weekly TV series on PBS. Click here to watch!


Mindful Business Conference in New York City

Amishi will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Mindful Business Conference in New York City, May 9-10. Click here to learn more!


Dr. Alexandra Morrison Presents at Neurociencia Cognitiva & Mindfulness

Dr. Morrison lectured on attention, working memory, and mindfulness at the 3rd International Symposium for Cognitive Neuroscience and Mindfulness in Gurabo, Puerto Rico.


Jha Lab Research at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting

Research associate Emily Brudner presented her poster “Expectation and Individual Differences in Emotion Regulation Modulate Neural Responses to Affective Stimuli” at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.


Amishi Gives ‘Cane Talk at Inauguration of University President, Julio Frenk

Training the Brain to Be More Attentive: How Elite Athletes, Military Personnel, and Others Perform Better Under Stress.

Watch the video here!