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Comprehensive Approach to Learning Mindfulness (CALM)

Comprehensive Approach to Learning Mindfulness (CALM)

Can teachers benefit from a “Comprehensive Approach to Learning Mindfulness”? The “CALM Teachers” study, funded by 1440 Foundation, aims to find out.

Improving Classroom Learning Environments by Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE)

Improving Classroom Learning Environments by Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE)

This program is designed to improve teachers' well-being and their social-emotional competence, and thereby the quality of the classroom, student behavior and academic achievement.

Contemplation and Contexts

Contemplation and Contexts

Examining how philosophical, social, aesthetic, environmental, and other contexts are centrally constitutive of the nature, dynamics, and impact of any given contemplative practice, rather than being incidental.

Measurement of Cardio-Respiratory Dynamics During Meditation

Measurement of Cardio-Respiratory Dynamics During Meditation

This program investigates the effects and potential benefits of Reflective Exercise in the heart, respiratory, and immune function of athletes

Sympathetic Regulation in Intradialytic Hypertension: Can Mindfulness Meditation Help?

Sympathetic Regulation in Intradialytic Hypertension: Can Mindfulness Meditation Help?

Does mindfulness during hemodialysis minimize dangerous complications of medical treatment in high-risk patients?

Quantifiable Constituents of Spiritual Growth

Quantifiable Constituents of Spiritual Growth

This study will quantify multidimensional aspects of spiritual growth over time.

Landscapes of Longevity

Landscapes of Longevity

This project is developing a short documentary film that draws together research from settings around the world on the relationship between design schemes and lifespan longevity.

Piloting Implicit and Explicit Measures

Piloting Implicit and Explicit Measures

Examining and assessing the outcomes of the Being with Dying contemplative training program for clinicians engaged in the difficult and stressful work of caring for terminally ill and dying patients.

Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention

Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention

This project examined the benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques in assisting people recovering from alcohol use disorders.

Living Positive

Living Positive

This study seeks to employ digital and mobile technologies to better understand and address the effects of stress on people living with HIV in the rural South.

Does a Contemplative Practice Bring Immediate Recovery from Post-Television Executive Function Depletion in Young Children

Does a Contemplative Practice Bring Immediate Recovery from Post-Television Executive Function Depletion in Young Children

This study is testing the capacity for contemplative practices to repair and restore cognitive activity in children that has been damaged due to exposure to fast-paced and fantastical television shows.

Mindfulness for Smoking Cessation

Mindfulness for Smoking Cessation

This study is testing the use and effectiveness of a mobile device application as a means for using mindfulness-based smoking cessation therapy to ease cravings and assist smokers wishing to quit.

Efficacy and Potential Mechanisms of Restorative Yoga in Reducing Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Efficacy and Potential Mechanisms of Restorative Yoga in Reducing Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

This research team is testing whether an 8-week restorative yoga intervention can provide significant relief to patients suffering from symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, including depressed mood, sleep disruption, and chronic pain.

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