Mindfulness and Well-Being
Mindfulness – the ability to maintain non-judgmental awareness of ones moment-to-moment experience – is increasingly recognised for its potential benefit in fostering well-being and ones quality of life. Several projects that are conducted at LJMU aim at understanding the underlying processes that link mindfulness to well-being.
Current projects are concerned with the efficacy of a mindfulness-based training programme for students on teacher training programmes and the link between mindfulness and eating behaviour (especially over-eating in restraint eaters). Furthermore, we are exploring the influence of mindfulness-related meditation practices on attentional and cognitive performance, intention and motivation as well as emotional responses, aspects that are understood to significantly contribute to overall psychological well-being.
These projects are carried out by Dr Peter Malinowski in collaboration with Dr Paul Lattimore (School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, LJMU), Margaret Postance (Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure, LJMU), Dr Gernot Supp (Department of Neurophysiology and Pathophysiology ,University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany) and Prof Thomas Gruber (Psychological Institute, University of Osnabrück, Germany).