Handbook of Mindfulness: Theory, Research, and Practice.pdf

Handbook of Mindfulness: Theory, Research, and Practice.pdf


An authoritative handbook, this volume offers both a comprehensive review of the current science of mindfulness and a guide to its ongoing evolution. Leading scholars explore mindfulness in the context of contemporary psychological theories of attention, perceptual processing, motivation, and behavior, as well as within a rich cross-disciplinary dialogue with the contemplative traditions. After surveying basic research from neurobiological, cognitive, emotion/affective, and interpersonal perspectives, the book delves into applications of mindfulness practice in healthy and clinical populations, reviewing a growing evidence base. Examined are interventions for behavioral and emotion dysregulation disorders, depression, anxiety, and addictions, and for physical health conditions.

"Although psychologists were 2,500 years late to recognize the benefits of mindfulness, behavioral scientists and practitioners have made immense strides in understanding this important process. Drawing from work across the domains of psychology, this volume examines the psychological processes that underlie mindfulness, comprehensively reviews basic research, and describes mindfulness-based interventions for specific populations. The book makes an exceptional contribution as it summarizes the current state of knowledge, offers ideas for future research, and paves the way toward even more effective interventions."--Mark R. Leary, PhD, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University "Finally, the most comprehensive work on mindfulness! This handbook sums up the current state of the research and clinical applications and offers insightful discussions of multiple aspects of mindfulness. The chapters are written in a clear and interesting fashion by highly respected experts. This is useful reading for advanced students in psychology and cognitive sciences as well as healthcare professionals, and will be unputdownable for anyone interested in learning more about mindfulness. I wholeheartedly recommend this excellent book."--Britta Holzel, PhD, Department of Neuroradiology, Technical University of Munich, Germany"The mindfulness literature is growing so fast that keeping up can seem impossible. This volume helps tremendously. Ancient Buddhist teachings and their relationship to contemporary Western scientific approaches are thoughtfully discussed. Theoretical viewpoints, measurement issues, and basic research findings on the brain, cognition, and emotion are covered in depth, as are mindfulness-based interventions for healthy individuals and those with mental and physical health problems. This is an outstanding volume from a distinguished group of contributors."--Ruth A. Baer, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky

Kirk Warren Brown, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studies the role of attention to and awareness of internal states and behavior, with a particular interest in the nature of mindfulness, and the role of mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions in emotion regulation, behavior regulation, and mental health in healthy and clinical populations. Dr. Brown regularly lectures on mindfulness at universities across the United Statesand Europe and was Visiting Professor at the University of Paris. J. David Creswell, PhD, is Associate Professor in Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. He conducts research on stress and coping, with a focus on pathways linking mindfulness meditation training with stress reduction and stress-related disease outcomes. He serves as an academic editor at the journal [ital]PLoS ONE[/ital]. Dr. Creswell is a recipient of the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology. Richard M. Ryan, PhD, is Senior Research Professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) at Australian Catholic University, with a secondary appointment at the University of Rochester in New York. He is a co-developer of self-determination theory, a theory of human motivation and personality development that has been applied in schools, clinics, sport teams, virtual environments and work organizations around the world. The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Ryan is an Honorary Member of the German Psychological Society and was Visiting Professor at the Max Planck Institute, the University of Bath, and Nanyang Technical University.


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