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22 mei 2018: Research Hedendaagse Mindfulness | Publiekslezing in Gent

Compelling Questions about Contemporary Mindfulness Research and Application

Kirk Warren Brown, PhD


Dinsdag 22 mei 2018, 10u00


Auditorium 2,

Henri Dunantlaan 2, 9000 Gent

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Sectie ontwikkelingspsychologie (UGent)

Bart Soenens, Wim Beyers,

Maarten Vansteenkiste

Mindfulness has become a hot research topic but has been dogged by questions concerning its conceptualization, consequences, and application to real world issues.

This presentation will address 5 important questions in the study and application of mindfulness:

(1) What is mindfulness and what are its boundaries or distinguishing features?

(2) What processes help to account for the mental and physical health benefits of mindfulness?

(3) Can the beneficial effects of mindfulness training be sustained over time?

(4) Can the cultivation of mindfulness be problematic for some people or for some conditions?

(5) Can mindfulness training enhance normative functioning or help to prevent mental health problems in academic or work settings?

Time reserved for a lively discussion about mindfulness, its training, and its effects.


Kirk Warren Brown>> (Youtube>>) is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology and Health Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he is also Director of the Contemplative Science and Education Core in the College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute.

His research centers on the importance of awareness of internal states and behavior to healthy human functioning, with a particular interest in the nature of mindfulness and the value of mindfulness training to enhance emotion regulation, behavior regulation, and mental health. He has authored numerous journal articles on these topics and has edited two scholarly volumes, including the Handbook of Mindfulness: Theory, Research, and Practice (2015) and the Oxford Handbook of Hypo-egoic Phenomena (2016). His work has been featured in numerous national and international media outlets. Dr. Brown is an Academic Editor at the journal PLOS ONE and a Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Association for Psychological Science. He also teaches the evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

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