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  • Baer, R. A. (2003). Mindfulness training as a clinical intervention: A conceptual and empirical review. Clinical Psychology Science and Practice, 10, 125–143. Full text.
  • Bays, J. C. (2011). How to train a wild elephant & other adventures in mindfulness. Boston: Shambhala. Order direct.
  • Davis, D. M., & Hayes, J. A. (2011). What are the benefits of mindfulness? A practice review of psychotherapy-related research. Psychotherapy, 48 (2), 198–208. Full text.
  • Kabat-Zinn, J. (2003). Mindfulness-based interventions in context: Past, present, and future. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 10 (2), 144-156. Full text. This is a response to Baer, R. A. (2003) above.
  • Kabat-Zinn, J. (revised 2005). Wherever you go, there you are: mindfulness meditation in everyday life. New York: Hyperion.


  • Spinella, M., Martino, S. & Ferri, C. (2013). Mindfulness and Addictive Behaviors. Journal of Behavioral Health, 2 (1), 1-7. Full text.


  • Carlson, L., & Speca, M. (2010). Mindfulness-based cancer recovery. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publ.
  • Tacon, A. M. (2011). Mindfulness, cancer, and pain. Alternative Medicine Studies, 1 (1), e15-e15. Full text.
  • Zernicke, K. A., et al. (2012). Mindfulness-based stress reduction improves distress in two different chronic illnesses. Journal of Behavioral Health, 1 (3), 201-208. Full text.

Compassion and loving-kindness

  • Hoge, E. A., et al. (2013). Loving-Kindness Meditation Practice Associated with Longer Telomeres in Women. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. Abstract.
  • Hofmann, S. G., Grossman, P., & Hinton, D. E. (2011). Loving-kindness and compassion meditation: Potential for psychological interventions. Clinical Psychology Review, 31 (7), 1126-1132. Full text.
  • Leppma, M. (2012). Loving-Kindness Meditation and Counseling. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 34 (3), 197. Full text.
  • Neff, K. D., & Germer, C. K. (2013). A Pilot Study and Randomized Controlled Trial of the Mindful Self‐Compassion Program. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69(1), 28-44. Full text.


  • Edenfield, T. M., & Saeed, S. A. (2012). An update on mindfulness meditation as a self-help treatment for anxiety and depression. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 5, 131-141. Full text.


  • Bays, J. C. (2009). Mindful eating: a guide to rediscovering a healthy and joyful relationship with food. Boston: Shambhala (includes a CD of guided exercises). Order direct.


  • Tacón, A. M. (2011). Mindfulness: existential, loss, and grief factors in women with breast cancer. [Abstract]. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 29 (6), 643-56. Full text.


  • Brewer, J. A., et al. (2011). Meditation experience is associated with differences in default mode network activity and connectivity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 108 (50). Full text.
  • Hanson, R. (2009). Buddha’s brain: the practical neuroscience of happiness, love, and wisdom. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publ.
  • Hölzel, B.K., et al. (2011). Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density. Psychiatry Research, 191 (1), 36-43. Full text.
  • Leung, M.K., et al. (2012). Increased gray-matter volume in the right angular and posterior parahippocampal gyri in loving-kindness meditators. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Full text.
  • Malinowski, P. (2013). Neural mechanisms of attentional control in mindfulness meditation. Frontiers in neuroscience, 7. Full text.


  • Rosenzweig, S., et al. (2010). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for chronic pain conditions: Variation in treatment outcomes and role of home meditation practice. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 68 (1), 29. Full text.
  • Sass, S. M., Berenbaum, H., & Abrams, E. M. (2013). Discomfort with emotion moderates distress reduction in a brief mindfulness intervention. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 7 (4), 24-27. Full text.
  • Ussher, M., et al. (2012). Immediate effects of a brief mindfulness-based body scan on patients with chronic pain. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Abstract.
  • Zeidan, F., et al. (2011). Brain mechanisms supporting the modulation of pain by mindfulness meditation. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31 (14), 5540-5548. Full text.
  • Zeidan, F., et al. (2012). Mindfulness meditation-related pain relief: evidence for unique brain mechanisms in the regulation of pain. Neuroscience Letters, 520 (2), 165-173. Full text.