The science of meditation: what are the benefits?

The science of mindfulness and meditation has attracted a lot of attention in the last couple of decades. In this video, we take a look at what the meditation research is pointing toward and reflect on the role of science in the context of mindfulness and meditation.

Scientifically validated benefits include:
– Decreased stress levels
– Reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, pain & insomnia
– Increased overall quality of life
– Enhanced ability to pay attention
– Improved immune function
– Prevent cognitive deterioration
– Increased capacity for empathy and perspective taking


– Fieldbook for Mindfulness Innovators (by The Mindfulness Initiative):

Videos and referenced studies:

– Dr. Dan Siegel- On Integrating the Two Hemispheres of Our Brains
– Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Veterans JAMA
– Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for PTSD Among Veterans
– How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains: Sara Lazar at TEDxCambridge 2011
– Meditation’s Impact on the Brain | Documentary Clip
– Sara Lazar – How Meditation Changes the Brain
– The Scientific Power of Meditation
– Crash Course: Understanding Brain Waves | Dr. Joe Dispenza

Indexes that bring together published papers

– PyscINFO (American Psychological Association)
– PubMed (US National Library of Medicine)

Research archives:


Research subscriptions:

(American Mindfulness Research Association)



Other helpful resources:

– National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Research Results
– ISCMR Research Resources
– Greater Good Science Center
– Center for Healthy Minds
– Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Image credit:

– Amygdala:
– Insula:
– Neuroplacticity:×535.jpg
– Telescope:

Intro: (0:00​​)
Overview of research results (2:05​​)
A deep dive: (2:35)
Beyond science: (8:25​​)
The role of science: (10:18​​)
Doing “the work”: (11:19​​)

Source: Youtube