Researchers at UC Santa Barbara recently found that mindfulness training — even just two weeks' worth — can improve reading comprehension, working memory capacity and ability to focus.
UC Davis researchers have linked mindfulness to lowered levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The Shamantha Project's research "is the first study to show a direct relation between resting cortisol and scores on any type of mindfulness scale," says Tonya Jacobs, first author and a postdoctoral researcher at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain. The hormone contributes to a range of adverse effects on various physiological systems.
The clinical benefits of mindfulness are a core part of UC San Diego's Center for Mindfulness, a program within the university's Center for Integrative Medicine and Department of Psychiatry. The Center for Mindfulness integrates clinical care, professional training, education, research and outreach.
UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center has long studied mindfulness and its benefits in everyday life. It's part of its mission to study the psychology, sociology and neuroscience of well-being, and to teach skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Want to gauge how mindful you are? Take the center's quiz.
- UC Santa Barbara: Mindfulness improves reading ability, working memory, and task-focus, say UC Santa Barbara researchers
- UC Davis: Mindfulness from meditation associated with lower stress hormone
- UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness
- UC Berkeley: Greater Good Science Center
- Take the GGSC mindfulness quiz