Dr. Peter Malinowski

How does Mindfulness Practice promote Positive Psychological Change?

An ever-growing number of studies are confirming the efficacy of mindfulness-based meditations and more general mindfulness-based interventions in alleviating a variety of psychological problems and chronic diseases. However, the understanding of the underlying psychological processes that promote positive change is still very limited.

 

In our own research we currently focus on the role of habitual thinking and its interplay with emotion regulation. In line with several theoretical assumptions we conceptualize the development of mindfulness in terms of a process-oriented approach, changing how thoughts, emotions and physical sensations are experienced rather than what thoughts or emotions and sensations are experienced. The talk aims to introduce our theoretical framework.

Dr. Peter Malinowski

is senior lecturer in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University and experienced meditation teacher in the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. He studied Psychology in Braunschweig and gained his PhD in Psychology at the University of Konstanz. After two years at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Liverpool, he moved on to his current post.

 

Integrating psychological as well as neurophysiological dimensions, his research aims at understanding the processes underlying meditation practice. He is investigating the changes happening during meditation (state effects) as well as long lasting changes resulting from sustained meditation practice (trait effects). His current research is on meditation research from the perspective of psychological science.