IISCIM Research Activities

The Institute is also aim to engage in research activities to explore various areas of meditation and facilitate knowledge sharing among researchers and interested people. IISCIM focuses on research and study in the fields of meditation, neuro-science, epigenetic studies, positive psychology, cognitive intelligence, cardiovascular health, immunity and research in allied fields that are related to meditation.

IISCIM ensures that all research proposals involving Human participants and personal data must submitted to the appropriate Institutional Ethics Committee for approval. The basic responsibility of an Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC) is to ensure a competent review of all ethical aspects of the project proposals received by it in an objective manner. IECs should provide advice to the researchers on all aspects of the welfare and safety of the research participants after ensuring the scientific soundness of the proposed research through appropriate Ethical and Scientific Review. IEC may take up the dual responsibility of review of both, the scientific content and ethical aspects of the proposal.

Standardization of meditation techniques

Standardization of meditation techniques

This is one of the most ambitious projects, ever, in this field. It is the process of implementing and developing meditation standards based on evidence, the consensus of different parties that include users, hospitals, interest groups, standards organizations, research institutes and governments. Meditation standardization can help to maximize compatibility, interoperability, safety, and repeatability.

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Meditation for Brain Fitness

Meditation for Brain Fitness

Meditation boosts brain fitness, stress reduction, and longevity. Meditation can increase blood flow in the brain and improve memory.

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Meditation to improve cardiovascular fitness

Meditation to improve cardiovascular fitness

Exercise and meditation both help to promote health on all levels. However, to improve cardiovascular fitness, it is necessary that you exercise at your Target Heart Rate Zone.

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Meditation to improve immunity

Meditation to improve immunity

Your immune system is one of the most critical, and most fascinating, aspects of the mind-body connection. Evidence suggests that meditation have positive impact our immune system.

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Recent Events

Yoga and Meditation for Heart Health On World Heart Day

A Unique Experiential Course

On World Heart Day

29th September 2022

2:00PM to 5:30PM


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Recent Events

Yoga and Meditation to Improve Youth Mental Health Post Pandemic

A Unique Experiential Course

Special program to improve students and young people’s mental health with yoga and meditation.

15th March 2023

3:30PM to 6:30PM


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Recent Events

The Science of Empathy and Forgiveness for Reducing Youth Depression and Anxiety

A Unique Experiential Course

Special program on the power of empathy and forgiveness for reducing stress, strain, and anxiety and improving students and young people’s mental health.

5th April 2023

3:00PM to 6:00PM


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Meditation Research Collaboration

Meditation research requires a diverse set of skills and capabilities, and that these skills and capabilities are usually developed over a substantial period of time. However, IISCIM Meditation Research Collaborations can be extremely rewarding, and are one way to make a lot of progress towards a research agenda in a relatively short time.

There are many opportunities to work with IISCIM and there are a number of advantages. Starting on a small scale and gradually broadening collaborations may be the most effective for some developing researchers, others may find working with IISCIM to provide more support, and then will eventually lead into individual large projects.

IISCIM is dedicated to fostering responsible and ethical conduct of research. Our commitment is reflected in our various research compliance policies and procedures, which serve to support IISCIM’s mission and objectives, ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations and safeguard IISCIM researchers and research.

If you want to explore meditation from different prespectives, research methods, data analysis and reporting techniques then collaboration with IISCIM will make that possible and easy. IISCIM conducts meditation and yoga research based on sponsorship and donations. Visit IISCIM Meditation Research Collaboration Project Protocol to know the IISCIM meditation research logistic and the the process of managing the flow of the research.

Current Meditation Research News

van Lutterveld, R.,Brewer, J. A., (2015) “Neurofeedback from the Posterior Cingulate Cortex as a Mental Mirror for Meditation” Biofeedback 43(3):117-120.

Good, D., Lyddy, C., Glomb, T., Bono, J., Brown, K. W., Duffy, M., Baer, R., Brewer, J. A., Lazar, S. (2015)  “Contemplating Mindfulness at Work: An Integrative Review.” Journal of Management (in press).

Brewer, J. A. and Pbert, L., (2015) “Mindfulness: An emerging treatment for smoking and other addictions?” J. Fam. Med. 2(4): 1035.

Fulwiler, C., Brewer, J. A., Sinnott, S., Loucks, E. B., (2015) “Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Weight Loss and CVD Risk Management” Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports 9(10):1-8.

Loucks, E. B., Schuman-Olivier, Z., Britton, W. B., Fresco, D. M., Debordes, G., Brewer, J. A., Fulwiler, C. (2015) “Mindfulness and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: State of the Evidence, Plausible Mechanisms, and Theoretical Framework” Current Cardiology Reports 17:112.

Loucks, E. B., Britton, W. B., Howe, C. J., Gutman, R., Gilman, S. E., Brewer, J. A., Eaton, C. B., Buka, S. L. (2015) “Associations of dispositional mindfulness with obesity and adiposity: the New England family study” Int J Behav Med (in press).

Van Dam, N. T., Brown, A., Mole, T. B., Davis, J. H., Britton, W. B. and Brewer, J. A. (2015) “Development and Validation of the Behavioral Tendencies Questionnaire.” PLoS ONE 10(11): e0140867. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140867.

Garrison, K. M., Zeffiro, T. A., Scheionost, D., Constable, R. T., and Brewer, J. A. (2015) “Meditation leads to reduced default mode network activity beyond an active task” Cognitive Affective Behavioral Neuroscience (in press).

Garrison, K. M., Pal, P., Rojiani, R., Dallery, J., O'Malley, S. S., and Brewer, J. A. (2015) “A randomized controlled trial of smartphone-based mindfulness training for smoking cessation: a study protocol” BMC Psychiatry15:83.

Brewer, J. A., (2014) “Mindfulness in the Military.Am. J. Psychiatry 171: 803-6.

Garrison, K. M., Scheinost, D., Constable, R. T., Brewer, J. A. “Neural activity and functional connectivity of loving kindness meditation.Brain and Behavior PMC: 4(3) 337-347. open access journal

Brewer, J. A. Garrison, K. M., and Whitfield-Gabrieli, S. (2013) "What about the "self" is processed in the posterior cingulate cortex?" Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7: 647

Garrison, K. M., Santoyo, J. F., Davis, J. H., Thornhill IV, T. A., Thompson, Kerr, C. E., Brewer, J. A. (2013) "Effortless awareness: using real-time neurofeedback to probe correlates of posterior cingulate cortex activity in meditators’ self-report." Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7: 440.

Schuman-Olivier, Z., Hoeppner, B., Evins, A. E., Brewer, J. A. (2013) "Finding the right match: Mindfulness training may potentiate the therapeutic effect of non-judgment of inner experience on smoking cessation." Substance Use and Misuse (in press).

Brewer, J. A. and Garrison, K. M. (2014) "The posterior cingulate cortex as a plausible mechanistic target of meditation: Findings from neuroimaging."  Annals of NYAS 1307(1): 19-27. (Download PDF)

Garrison, K. M., Scheinost, D., Worhunsky, P. D., Elwafi, H. M., Thornhill IV, T. A., Thompson, E., Saron, C., Desbordes, G., Kober, H., Hampson, M., Gray, J. R., Constable, R. T., Papademetris, X., J. A. Brewer. (2013) "Real-time fMRI links subjective experience with brain activity during focused attention." NeuroImage 81:110-118.

Elwafi, H. M., Witkiewitz, K., Mallik, S., Thornhill, T. A., Brewer, J. A., “Mechanisms of mindfulness training in smoking cessation: moderation of the relationship between craving and cigarette use.Drug and Alcohol Dependence 130(1-3): 222-29.

Brewer, J. A., Davis, J. H., Goldstein, J. (2013) "Why is it so hard to pay attention, or is it? Mindfulness, the factors of awakening and reward-based learning." Mindfulness 4: 75-80. (Download PDF)

Brewer, J. A., Elwafi, H. M., Davis, J. H. (2013) “Craving to Quit: psychological models and neurobiological mechanisms of mindfulness training as treatment for addictions.Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 27 (2): 366-79.   (Download PDF)

Libby, D. J., Worhunsky, P. D., Pilver, C. E., J. A. Brewer.  (2012) “Meditation-induced changes in high-frequency heart rate variability predict smoking outcomes.Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 6:54.

Brewer, J. A., P. D. Worhunsky, J. R. Gray, YY Tang, J. Weber, H. Kober. (2011) "Meditation experience is associated with differences in default mode network activity and connectivity." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Brewer, J. A., S. Mallik, T. A. Babuscio, C. Nich, H. E. Johnson, C. M. Deleone, C. A. Minnix-Cotton, S. Byrne, H. Kober, A. Weinstein, K. M. Carroll, B. J. Rounsaville. (2011) “Mindfulness Training for smoking cessation: results from a randomized controlled trial.” Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Brewer, J. A., Smith, J. T., S. Bowen, G. A. Marlatt, M. N. Potenza, (2010) "Applying Mindfulness-Based Treatments to Co-Occurring Disorders: What Can We Learn From the Brain?" Addiction (in Press).

Brewer, J. A., R. Sinha, J. A. Chen, R. N. Michalsen, T. A. Babuscio, C. Nich, A. Grier, K. L. Bergquist, D. L. Reis, M. N. Potenza, K. M. Carroll, B. J. Rounsaville (2009), "Mindfulness Training and Stress Reactivity in Substance Abuse: Results from A Randomized, Controlled Stage I Pilot Study." Substance Abuse 30 (4): 306-17.

Brewer, J. A., J. E. Grant, and M. N. Potenza. (2008) "The Treatment of Pathologic Gambling." Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment 7(1): 1-13.

Brewer, J. A. and M. N. Potenza. (2008) "The neurobiology and genetics of impulse control disorders: Relationships to drug addictions." Biochemical Pharmacology 75: 63-75.

Brewer, J. A., P. D. Worhunsky, K. M. Carroll, B. J. Rounsaville, M. N. Potenza (2008) “Pre-Treatment Brain Activation During Stroop Task is Associated with Treatment Outcomes in Cocaine Dependent Patients.”  Biological Psychiatry (11): 998-1004.

Grant, J., E., J. A. Brewer, M. N. Potenza, (2006) “Neurobiology of Substance and Behavioral Addictions.” CNS Spectrums 11(12):924-30.

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