Dr Mindfulness: science and the meditation boom

Here's a wonderful podcast from ABC Radio National's excellent All in the Mind program. The program looks at both the neuroscience of meditation and its increasing use in evidence-based mental health treatments. How do we establish a solid scientific evidence base for what is such an introspective endeavour?

The program focuses less on the actual clinical studies underway(although all the guests on the show are involved in those) and more on the 'big' questions involved in probing the concept of mindfulness.

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From the All in the Mind website, additional information on mindfulness.

Buddhism and happiness (ABC Health and Wellbeing)
Feature on ABC Health and Wellbeing website by Kathy Graham (October 2007).

Meditation and the Mind: Science meets Buddhism (ABC Radio National)
Interviews with Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard and neuroscientist Richard Davidson, broadcast in 2003 on All in the Mind, ABC Radio National.

Mindfulness (The Spirit of Things, ABC Radio National)
Jon Kabat-Zinn interviewed on The Spirit of Things, ABC Radio National (broadcast May 2007). Emeritus Professor Kabat-Zinn and Jim Carmody have been close collaborators at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Buddhist Style meditation to prevent the recurrence of depression
Broadcast on the Health Report on ABC Radio National, 2002.

Mindfulness Meditation in treating Binge Eating Disorders (ABC Radio National)
Broadcast on the Health Report, ABC Radio National, 2003.