The aim of research in our lab is to investigate the core neurocognitive mechanisms underlying well-being and modulations in these mechanisms by contemplative practice in children, adolescents, adults and in aging. This research contributes to broader understanding of changes in the mind and brain associated with well-being across the lifespan. Our lab has been pioneering naturalistic translational neuroscience research on well-being with children and and adolescents in schools using a portable EEG and HRV recording system. We have also developed an integrative neurodevelopmental framework outlining the theory behind this research with the aim of providing reliable evidence across neuroscientific and traditional assessment methods. We are supporting other researchers in learning and applying these methods and approach in their research.
In our lab we are committed to combining rigor in research with real world impact through close collaborations with stakeholders such as school teachers, contemplative practitioners, healthcare professionals, mindfulness trainers, charities and policy makers. Our research aims to contribute to development of evidence-based strategies to help guide implementation efforts involving well-being programs in contexts such as healthcare and education.
The studies we conduct follow an integrative multi-method approach with primary focus on converging evidence from event-related brain potentials, psychophysiological markers, reaction time measures and self-report/informant report questionnaires. We also use MRI measures and pupil dilation assessments in some studies.