Dr. Amishi Jha is neuroscientist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the UMindfulness Initiative, prior to which she was an Assistant Professor at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania.
A burgeoning area of research is the brain science of mindfulness. How does mindfulness training alter the structure and function of the brain? Does it protect the brain from stress and fatigue? Dr. Amishi Jha is a neuroscientist who studies how the demands of high stress, high strakes professions may degrade the brain’s ability to make decisions. She has found that groups such as accountants, students, athletes, and military service members benefit from mindfulness training. She discusses her research, which is part of a growing body of evidence suggesting that mindfulness training improves attention and well-being. These beneficial effects may powerfully address key challenges businesses face from rising healthcare costs, productivity slumps, to ensuring that leaders embody adaptive and creative problem solving skills even under high stress.