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File032 - Facilitating healthy ageing: Investigating neuroprotective effects of mindfulness practice2011-04 2013-05

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 23
Title:
2010 Grants
Start date: 2011-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-032
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 2/2010
Title:
032 - Facilitating healthy ageing: Investigating neuroprotective effects of mindfulness practice
Duration: 2011-04 - 2013-05
Researcher(s):
Peter Malinowski, Thomas Gruber, Cathy Montgomery
Institution(s): Liverpool John Moores University, School of Natural Sciences and Psychology Byrom Street, Liverpool (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Malinowski, P.
Secondary author(s):
Gruber, T., Montgomery, C.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Psychophysiology / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation / Cognitive processes / Attention / Intervention

DocumentFinal report - Facilitating healthy ageing: Investigating neuroprotective effects of mindfulness practice2012

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 23
Title:
2010 Grants
Start date: 2011-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-032
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 2/2010
Title:
032 - Facilitating healthy ageing: Investigating neuroprotective effects of mindfulness practice
Duration: 2011-04 - 2013-05
Researcher(s):
Peter Malinowski, Thomas Gruber, Cathy Montgomery
Institution(s): Liverpool John Moores University, School of Natural Sciences and Psychology Byrom Street, Liverpool (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Malinowski, P.
Secondary author(s):
Gruber, T., Montgomery, C.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Psychophysiology / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation / Cognitive processes / Attention / Intervention

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-032.01
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 2/2010
Title:
Final report - Facilitating healthy ageing: Investigating neuroprotective effects of mindfulness practice
Publication year: 2012
URL:
http://www.bial.com/imagem/Bolsa3210_07022013.pdf
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
The aim of the project was to investigate whether regular, brief mindfulness practice, previously shown to be beneficial in improving attentional control functions, would positively influence the process of cognitive ageing.
During the first phase of the project various measures of cognitive performance were trialled in older participants. Based on the results and practical insights from these pilots a 3-arm longitudinal control trial was run with participants (age 55 – 75 years). The mindfulness group (MG, N=20) engaged in 7 weeks of brief (10 minutes), daily mindful breathing exercises while the active control group (ACG, N=20) engaged in the same amount of cognitive training, similar to available “brain gym” programs. A third waitlist control group (WCG, N=10) only took part in the assessment. At the beginning and end of the programme participants completed four cognitive tasks (the attentional blink task, the Continuous Performance Test, an emotional Stroop task and a spatial short-term memory task). Employing a 64-channel EEG set-up, electrophysiological measures were recorded concurrently.
Currently the extensive dataset is being analysed. A first, cursory analysis suggests that the MG improved above and beyond both control groups on several performance parameters. Additionally, aspects of the event-related potentials, indicative of distinct improvements in attentional functions, appear to be selectively improved in the MG.
As the majority of the MG participants also reported positive influences on their daily life, our preliminary conclusion is that a brief mindful breathing practice can yield positive effects in older participants and may thus be a building block for a lifestyle that facilitates healthy ageing.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Malinowski, P.
Document type:
Final report
Number of reproductions:
1
Indexed document:
No
Keywords: Meditation research / Mindfulness / Cognitive aging / Attentional functions

Final report - Facilitating healthy ageing: Investigating neuroprotective effects of mindfulness practice

Final report - Facilitating healthy ageing: Investigating neuroprotective effects of mindfulness practice

DocumentMindful Aging: The effects of regular brief mindfulness practice on electrophysiological markers of cognitive and affective processing in older adults2017

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 23
Title:
2010 Grants
Start date: 2011-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-032
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 2/2010
Title:
032 - Facilitating healthy ageing: Investigating neuroprotective effects of mindfulness practice
Duration: 2011-04 - 2013-05
Researcher(s):
Peter Malinowski, Thomas Gruber, Cathy Montgomery
Institution(s): Liverpool John Moores University, School of Natural Sciences and Psychology Byrom Street, Liverpool (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Malinowski, P.
Secondary author(s):
Gruber, T., Montgomery, C.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Psychophysiology / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation / Cognitive processes / Attention / Intervention

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-032.02
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 2/2010
Title:
Mindful Aging: The effects of regular brief mindfulness practice on electrophysiological markers of cognitive and affective processing in older adults
Publication year: 2017
URL:
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12671-015-0482-8
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
There is growing interest in the potential benefits of mindfulness meditation practices in terms of counteracting some of the cognitive effects associated with aging. Pursuing this question, the aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of mindfulness training on executive control and emotion regulation in older adults, by means of studying behavioral and electrophysiological changes. Participants, 55 to 75 years of age, were randomly allocated to an 8-week mindful breath awareness training group or an active control group engaging in brain training exercises. Before and after the training period, participants completed an emotional-counting Stroop task, designed to measure attentional control and emotion regulation processes. Concurrently, their brain activity was measured by means of 64-channel electroencephalography. The results show that engaging in just over 10 min of mindfulness practice five times per week resulted in significant improvements in behavioral (response latency) and electrophysiological (N2 event-related potential) measures related to general task performance. Analyses of the underlying cortical sources (Variable Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography, VARETA) indicate that this N2-related effect is primarily associated with changes in the right angular gyrus and other areas of the dorsal attention network. However, the study did not find the expected specific improvements in executive control and emotion regulation, which may be due to the training instructions or the relative brevity of the intervention. Overall, the results indicate that engaging in mindfulness meditation training improves the maintenance of goal-directed visuospatial attention and may be a useful strategy for counteracting cognitive decline associated with aging.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Malinowski, P.
Secondary author(s):
Moore, A., Mead, B., Gruber, T.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Percentiles:
4|2022-03-19
Reference:
Malinowski, P., Moore, A. W., Mead, B. R., & Gruber, T. (2017). Mindful Aging: The effects of regular brief mindfulness practice on electrophysiological markers of cognitive and affective processing in older adults. Mindfulness, 8(1), 78-94. doi: 10.1007/s12671-015-0482-8
2-year Impact Factor: 3.024|2017
Times cited: 63|2022-05-21
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q1
Keywords: Cognitive aging / Mindfulness meditation training / Executive control / Emotion regulation / Event-related potentials / Randomized active controlled study

Mindful Aging: The effects of regular brief mindfulness practice on electrophysiological markers of cognitive and affective processing in older adults

Mindful Aging: The effects of regular brief mindfulness practice on electrophysiological markers of cognitive and affective processing in older adults