Jonathan Simon, , Elisabeth Marsh (PI—JHU), Neda Gould (JHU)

Funding Agency

National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging)




Researchers funded by a new two-year, $460K grant from the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging hope to shed light on whether mindfulness training could be used therapeutically to help people who have had minor strokes experience more complete recoveries.

“Mindfulness Matters: The Impact of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction on Post-Stroke Cognition” furthers research described in “Poststroke acute dysexecutive syndrome, a disorder resulting from minor stroke due to disruption of network dynamics,” published in the Dec. 29, 2020 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).

In this study, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) will be tested to see whether it can help improve cognitive outcomes in the frontal lobe during the first few months following hospitalization, when patients are making critical decisions regarding their ability to return to work or live independently. The MEG tool, which can image brain activity and neuronal networks, will provide information that can help clinicians understand brain changes that correspond to improvement after MBSR treatment.