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

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News of Interest

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!


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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.

Jha Lab Presentations at the 2014 Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting. Several members of our lab presented posters at the CNS meeting in Boston!


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Winter 2014

Successful Neuroscience Symposium
at the UMASS Center for Mindfulness held in Norwood, MA on April 3, 2014.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, David Vago, Jud Brewer, Amishi Jha, Gaelle Desbordes, Helen Weng, Saki Santorelli
In photo left to right (Jon Kabat-Zinn, David Vago, Jud Brewer, Amishi Jha, Gaelle Desbordes, Helen Weng, Saki Santorelli)

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Happy New Year!

2 New papers from the Jha lab and collaborators!
Link to Taming a wandering attention
Link to Fractionating the role of executive control