Although a good deal of research has explored clinical intervention studies to evaluate the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions, little is known about how mindfulness manifests itself in the mind and body of practitioners. In particular, real-time, objective measurements of state mindfulness would be a valuable tool for researchers to learn more about the mechanisms of mindfulness. In this chapter we describe prior theoretical definitions of mindfulness, and we demonstrate the utility of the non-invasive, lightweight, and highly practical functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) device for measuring the neural correlates of state mindfulness in the brain in ecologically valid environments.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Empirical Studies of Contemplative Practices|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||27|
|State||Published - 2018|
Bergen-Cico, D., Hirshfield, L. M., Costa, M., Hincks, S., Jacob, R. J. K., & Russell, M. (2018). Measuring the neural correlates of mindfulness with functional near-infrared spectroscopy. In Empirical Studies of Contemplative Practices (pp. 117). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..