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Julia Henrich

MSc (Cum Laude)

Cognition & Health (Martin Lab)

  • Astanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher

Understanding the Mechanisms of Change in Mindfulness Meditation in Health and Illness

The focus of our attention has an impact on health and illness. Meditation is a simple and effective method to guide and train our attention.

The aim of my research is to investigate the therapeutic impact of mindfulness meditation on the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). More specifically, I am interested in the role of attentional and affective biases in the treatments of IBS with mindfulness mediation.

Using an array of tests for affective biases I am investigating differences in attentional and affective biases between IBS patients and healthy individuals. I am also testing whether meditation can alter these biases.

Further, I am interested in understanding the role of cognitive biases in asthma severity and adherence to medication.

My studies will help to understand the attentional and affective factors implicated in the pathology of IBS and Asthma. The research will also shed light on the pathways through which meditation can aid recovery from IBS.

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