- Cognition and Health Research Group (Prof. Maryanne Martin) Research Group
MSc (Cum Laude)
Cognition & Health Research Group (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.
Mindfulness for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (MIBS)
Identifying effective techniques within psychological treatments for irritable bowel syndrome: a meta-analysis.
Henrich JF. et al, (2015), J Psychosom Res, 78, 205 - 222
Identifying effective techniques within psychological treatments for irritable bowel syndrome: A meta-analysis
Henrich JF. et al, (2015), Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 78, 205 - 222