in press

Lindahl, J.R., Cooper, D.J., and Britton, W.B. (2022).  Fear and terror in Buddhist Meditation: A Cognitive Model for Meditation-Induced Changes in Arousal and Affect. Journal of Cognitive Historiography, 7(1-2), 147–170. LINK TO ARTICLE   PDF

Lindahl, J.R., Palitsky, R., Cooper, Britton, W.B. (2022) The Impacts of Worldviews on the Onset and Trajectory of Meditation-Related Challenges. Transcultural Psychiatry. LINK TO ARTICLE PDF

Hitchcock, P. Britton, W.B. Mehta, K., Frank, M. (2022) Self-judgment dissected: A computational modeling analysis of self-referential processing and its relationship to trait mindfulness facets and depression symptoms. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience. LINK TO ARTICLE  


Brown, K.W., Berry, D.R., Eichel, K. Beloborodova, P. Rahrig, H. and Britton, W.B.  (2022). Comparing Impacts of Meditation Training in Focused Attention, Open Monitoring, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy on Emotion Reactivity and Regulation: Neural and Subjective Evidence. Psychophysiology, 59, e14024. PMID: 35182393. LINK TO ARTICLE

Alejandre-Lara, A. Eichel, K., Wesbecher, K., Lindahl, J., and Britton, W.B.  (2022). How do mindfulness-based programs improve depression: Selflessness, valence or valenced-self? Cognitive Therapy and Research, 46, pages 668–685. LINK TO ARTICLE


Cooper, D., Lindahl, J.R., Palitsky, R., Britton, W.B. (2021) “Like a Vibration Cascading through the Body”: Energy-Like Somatic Experiences Reported by Western Buddhists. Religions, 12: 1042.   PDF  LINK TO ARTICLE

Britton., W.B.  Desbordes, G., Acabchuk, R.,  Peters, S., Lindahl, J.R, Canby, N.K.,  Vago., D., Dumais, T., Lipsky, J. Kimmel, H., Sager, L., Rahrig, H., Cheaito, A., Acero, P., Scharf, J., Lazar, S., Schuman-Olivier, Z., Ferrer, R., and Moitra, E. (2021). From Self-Esteem to Selflessness: An Evidence (Gap) Map of Self-Related Processes as Mechanisms of Mindfulness-Based Interventions. Frontiers in Psychology. LINK TO ARTICLE

Eichel, K., Gawande, R., Acabchuk, R.L., Palitsky, R., Chau, S., Pham, A., Cheaito, A., Yam, D., Lipsky, Dumais, T., J., Zhu, Z., King, J., Fulwiler, F., Schuman-Olivier, Z., Moitra, E., Proulx, J., Alejandre-Lara, A., Britton, W. B. (2021). A Retrospective Systematic Review of Diversity Variables in Mindfulness Research, 2000-2016. Mindfulness. Published online August 21.

Goldberg, S.B., Lam, S.U., Britton, W.B., Davidson, R.J. (2021). Prevalence of meditation-related adverse effects in a population-based sample in the United States. Psychotherapy Research. LINK TO FULL TEXT

Whitfield, T., Barnhofer, T., Acabchuk, R.L., Cohen, A., Lee, M., Schlosser, M., Arenaza-Urquijo, E.M., Bottcher, A., Britton, W.B., Coll-Padros, N., Collette, F., Chetelat, G., Dautricourt, S. Demnitz-King, H., Dumais, T., Klimecki, O., Meiberth, D., Moulinet, I., Muller, T., Parsons, E., Sager, L., Sannemann, L., Scharf, J., Schild, A., Touron, E., Wirth, M., Walker, Z., Moitra, E., Lutz, A., Lazar, S., Vago, D., & Marchant, N.L., (2021). The effect of mindfulness-based programs on cognitive function in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Neuropsychology Review.  Online ahead of print, August 4. PMID: 34350544 doi: 10.1007/s11065-021-09519-y

Britton, W.B., Lindahl., J.R., Cooper, D.J., Canby, N., Palitsky, R. (2021). Defining and measuring meditation-related adverse effects in mindfulness-based interventions. Clinical Psychological Science. PDF

Canby, N. Eichel, K., Lindahl, J.R., Chau, S.,  Cordova, J., and Britton, W.B. (2021). The Contribution of Social Factors to Outcomes in a Mindfulness-Based InterventionFrontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.603394 PDF

Cullen, B.H., Eichel, K., Lindahl, J.R, Rahrig, H., Kini, N., Flahive J., and Britton,W.B. (2021). The contributions of focused attention and open-monitoring in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: a 3 armed randomized dismantling trial PDF


Lohani, M., McElvaine, K., Payne, B., Mitcheon, K., and Britton, W.B. (2020). Longitudinal Training Study to Delineate the Specific Causal Effects of Open Monitoring Versus Focused Attention Techniques on Emotional HealthComplementary Therapies in Medicine, 53 doi:

Canby, N., Eichel, K., Peters, S.I., Rahrig, H., and Britton, W.B. (2020). Predictors of Out-of-Class Mindfulness Practice Adherence During and After a Mindfulness-Based InterventionPsychosomatic Medicine. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000873. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33038188. PDF

Hoge, E.A., Acabchuk, R.L., Kimmel, H., Moitra, E., Britton, W.B., Dumais, T., Ferrer, R.A., Lazar, S.W., Vago, D., Lipsky, J., Schuman-Olivier, Z., Cheaito, A., Sager, L., Peters, S., Rahrig, H., Acero, P., Scharf, J., Loucks, E.B., & Fulwiler, C. (2020). Emotion-related constructs engaged by mindfulness-based interventions: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Mindfulnessdoi: 10.1007/s12671-020-01561-w

Lindahl, J.R., Cooper, D.J., Fisher, N.E., Kirmayer, L.J., Britton, W.B. (2020). Progress or Pathology? Differential Diagnosis and Intervention Criteria for Meditation-Related Challenges: Perspectives From Buddhist Meditation Teachers and PractitionersFrontiers in Psychology. LINK TO PAPER

Lindahl., J.R., Britton, W.B., Cooper, D., Kirmayer, L.J., (forthcoming, 2020) Challenging and Adverse Meditation Experiences: Toward A Person-Centered Approach. In Farias, M., Brazier, D., and Laljee, M., (Eds). The Oxford Handbook of Meditation. Oxford University Press. PDF


Lindahl, J.L. and Britton, W.B. (2019) “I Have This Feeling of Not Really Being Here”: Buddhist Meditation and Changes in Sense of Self. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 26 (7-8), 157-183. PDF

Britton, W.B. (2019). Can mindfulness be too much of a good thing? The value of a middle way. Current Opinions in Psychology: Special Issue on Mindfulness., 28, 159-165. PDF


Britton, W.B., Davis, J., Lindahl, J., Loucks, E.B., Peterson, B., Cullen, B., Rando, A., Rahrig, H., Lipsky, J., (2018). Dismantling Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: creation and validation of 8-week Focused Attention and Open Monitoring interventions. Behaviour Research and Therapy. Special Issue on NIH’s Science of Behavior Change, 101, 92-107.  PDF

Kang, Y., Rahrig, H., Eichel, K., Niles, H.F., Rocha, T.,  Lepp. N.E., Gold, J., and Britton, W.B. (2018). Gender Differences in Response to a School-Based Mindfulness Training Intervention for Early Adolescents. Journal of School Psychology, 68, 63-176.  PDF


Van Dam, N.T, van Vugt, M.K., Vago, D.R., Schmalzl, L., Saron, C., Olendzki, A., Meissner, T., Lazar, S.W., Kerr, C., Gorchov, J., Field, B.A., Britton, W.B.,  Brefczynski-Lewis, J.A., Meyer, D.E. (2017). Mind the hype: A critical evaluation and prescriptive agenda for mindfulness and meditation research. Perspectives in Psychological Science13,36-61PDF

Van Dam, N.T, van Vugt, M.K., Vago, D.R., Schmalzl, L., Saron, C., Olendzki, A., Meissner, T., Lazar, S.W., Kerr, C., Gorchov, J., Field, B.A., Britton, W.B.,  Brefczynski-Lewis, J.A., Meyer, D.E. (2017). Reiterated Concerns And Further Challenges For Mindfulness And Meditation Research: A Reply To Davidson And Dahl. Perspectives in Psychological Science

Lindahl, J.R. (2017) Somatic Energies and Emotional Traumas: A Qualitative Study of Practice-Related Challenges Reported by Vajrayāna Buddhists. Religions 8(8), 153; doi:10.3390/rel8080153 LINK TO OPEN ACCESS PAPER

Lindahl, J.R., Fisher, N.E., Cooper, D.L. Rosen, R.K., Britton, W.B. (2017). The Varieties of Contemplative Experience: A Mixed-Methods Study of Meditation-Related Challenges in Western Buddhists. PLOS ONE. In press LINK TO OPEN ACCESS PAPER LINK TO PRESS RELEASE

Rojiani, R ., Santoyo, J.F.  Rahrig, H., Roth, H., Britton, W.B. (2017). Women Benefit More than Men in Response to College-Based Meditation Training. Frontiers in Psychology8 . OPEN ACCESS LINK

de Jong M, Peeters F, Gard T, Ashih H, Doorley J, Walker R, Rhoades L, Kulich RJ, Kueppenbender KD, Alpert JE, Hoge EA, Britton WB, Lazar SW, Fava M, Mischoulon D. (2017). A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Unipolar Depression in Patients With Chronic Pain. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.  full text PubMed


Loucks EB, Britton WB, Howe CJ, Gutman R, Gilman SE, Brewer J, Eaton CB, Buka SL. Associations of Dispositional Mindfulness with Obesity and Central Adiposity: the New England Family Study. (2016)  International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23 (2) : 224-233 . full text PubMed

Loucks, E.B., Gilman, S.E., Britton, W.B., Gutman, R., Eaton, C.B., Buka, S.L. (2016) Associations of Mindfulness with Glucose Regulation and Diabetes. American Journal of Health  Behavior, 40 (2) : 258-267 . full text


Britton, W.B.  and Lindahl, J.R. (2015) Meditation. In Oxford Bibliographies in Psychology. Ed. Dana S. Dunn. New York: Oxford University Press.

Loucks EB, Schuman-Olivier Z, Britton WB, Fresco DM, Desbordes G, Brewer JA, Fulwiler C. (2015) Mindfulness and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: State of the Evidence, Plausible Mechanisms, and Theoretical Framework. Current Cardiology Reports, 17 (12) : 112 . full text PubMed

Van Dam NT, Brown A, Mole TB, Davis JH, Britton WB, Brewer JA. (2015). Development and Validation of the Behavioral Tendencies Questionnaire. PLoS ONE,  10 (11) : e0140867 . full text PubMed PDF

Britton, W.B. & Lindahl, J.R. (2015). The contemplative development mapping project: A new model for interdisciplinary investigation. Mind & Life Institute Blog.

Loucks EB, Britton WB, Howe CJ, Eaton CB, Buka SL. (2015). Positive Associations of Dispositional Mindfulness with Cardiovascular Health: the New England Family Study. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 22 (4) : 540-50 .full text PubMed


Lindahl JR, Kaplan CT, Winget EM, Britton WB. (2014).  A phenomenology of meditation-induced light experiences: Traditional Buddhist and neurobiological perspectives. Frontiers in Psychology, 4 : 973 . full text PDF

Britton WB, Lepp NE, Niles HF, Rocha T, Fisher NE, Gold JS. (2014) A randomized controlled pilot trial of classroom-based mindfulness meditation compared to an active control condition in sixth-grade children. Journal of School Psychology, 52 (3) : 263-78 . full text PubMed PDF

Britton WB, Lindahl JR, Cahn BR, Davis JH, Goldman RE. (2014). Awakening is not a metaphor: the effects of Buddhist meditation practices on basic wakefulness. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1307 (1) : 64-81 . full text PubMed PDF


Capecelatro MR, Sacchet MD, Hitchcock PF, Miller SM, Britton WB. (2013). Major depression duration reduces appetitive word use: an elaborated verbal recall of emotional photographs. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47 (6) : 809-15 . full text PubMedPDF


Roberts-Wolfe D, Sacchet MD, Hastings E, Roth H, Britton WB (2012). Mindfulness training alters emotional memory recall compared to active controls: support for an emotional information processing model of mindfulness. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6 : 15 . full text PubMed

Britton WB, Shahar B, Szepsenwol O, Jacobs WJ. (2012) .Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy improves emotional reactivity to social stress: results from a randomized controlled trial. Behavior Therapy, 43 (2) : 365-80 . full text PubMed PDF

Britton WB, Haynes PL, Fridel KW, Bootzin RR. (2012). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy improves polysomnographic and subjective sleep profiles in antidepressant users with sleep complaints. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 81 (5) : 296-304 . full text PubMed PDF

de Dios MA, Herman DS, Britton WB, Hagerty CE, Anderson BJ, Stein MD.  (2012). Motivational and mindfulness intervention for young adult female marijuana users. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 42 (1) : 56-64 . full text PubMed


Silverstein RG, Brown AC, Roth HD, Britton WB. (2011). Effects of mindfulness training on body awareness to sexual stimuli: implications for female sexual dysfunction. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73 (9) : 817-25 . full text PubMed PDF


Britton WB, Haynes PL, Fridel KW, Bootzin RR. (2010). Polysomnographic and subjective profiles of sleep continuity before and after mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in partially remitted depression. Psychosomatic Medicine, 72 (6) : 539-48 . full text PubMed PDF

Britton WB, Bootzin RR, Cousins JC, Hasler BP, Peck T, Shapiro SL. (2010). The contribution of mindfulness practice to a multicomponent behavioral sleep intervention following substance abuse treatment in adolescents: a treatment-development study. Substance Abuse, 31 (2) : 86-97 . full text PubMed


Payne, J. D., Britton, W.B., Bootzin, R. R., and Nadel, L. (2005). Beyond acetylcholine: next steps for sleep and memory research. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28, 77.


Britton WB, Bootzin RR. (2004). Near-death experiences and the temporal lobe. Psychological Science, 15 (4) : 254-8 . full text PubMed

Shapiro, S., Britton, W.B., and Walsh, R. (2004). An analysis of recent meditation research and suggestions for future directions. Journal of Meditation Research, 10, 2-27.