Tools of the trade: Theory and method in mindfulness neuroscience

Yi Yuan Tang, Michael I. Posner

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Mindfulness neuroscience is an emerging research field that investigates the underlying mechanisms of different mindfulness practices, different stages and different states of practice as well as different effects of practice over the lifespan. Mindfulness neuroscience research integrates theory and methods from eastern contemplative traditions, western psychology and neuroscience, and from neuroimaging techniques, physiological measures and behavioral tests. We here review several key theoretical and methodological challenges in the empirical study of mindfulness neuroscience and provide suggestions for overcoming these challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbernss112
Pages (from-to)118-120
Number of pages3
JournalSocial Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Gene-environment interaction
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness neuroscience
  • Neuroplasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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