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Brain Booth in the HSU Library

The Library Brain Booth is an informal, experiential space to learn about the mind body connection, reduce stress and optimize learning.

Curated Collection

The Brain Booth books & media collection is available at the Brain Booth Designated Open Space (BBDOS) on the 2nd floor and includes materials on Mindfulness, Meditation, and Contemplative Pedagogy.  
The collection also includes some e-books, for example:

Ricard, M., Lutz, A., & Davidson, R. J. (2014). Mind of the meditator.Scientific American311(5), 38-45. Available here

Read more about adult coloring:


Scholarly Articles

Scholarly Articles by Activity, Last 5 Years


  • Gillie, B. L., & Thayer, J. F. (2014). Individual differences in resting heart rate variability and cognitive control in posttraumatic stress disorder. Frontiers in psychology, 5. doi:  10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00758
  • Lehrer, P. M., & Gevirtz, R. (2014). Heart rate variability biofeedback: how and why does it work?. Frontiers in psychology, 5, 756. doi:  10.1007/s10484-013-9217-6
  • Kok, B. E., Coffey, K. A., Cohn, M. A., Catalino, L. I., Vacharkulksemsuk, T., Algoe, S. B., ... & Fredrickson, B. L. (2013). How positive emotions build physical health perceived positive social connections account for the upward spiral between positive emotions and vagal tone. Psychological science,24(7), 1123-1132. Available here
  • Olex, S., Newberg, A., & Figueredo, V. M. (2013). Meditation: Should a cardiologist care?. International journal of cardiology, 168(3), 1805-1810. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2013.06.086 [paywall]
  • Contemplation/Positivity
  • Lotze, M., Erhard, K., Neumann, N., Eickhoff, S. B., & Langner, R. (2015). Neural correlates of verbal creativity: differences in resting-state functional connectivity associated with expertise in creative writing. Neural Implementations of Expertise, 142. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00516
  • Shah, C., Erhard, K., Ortheil, H. J., Kaza, E., Kessler, C., & Lotze, M. (2013). Neural correlates of creative writing: an fMRI study. Human brain mapping, 34(5), 1088-1101. DOI: 10.1002/hbm.21493
  • Liu, S., Chow, H. M., Xu, Y., Erkkinen, M. G., Swett, K. E., Eagle, M. W., ... & Braun, A. R. (2012). Neural correlates of lyrical improvisation: an fMRI study of freestyle rap. Scientific reports, 2. doi:10.1038/srep00834


  • Krusche, A., Jack, C. D., Blunt, C., & Hsu, A. (2019). Mindfulness-Based Organisational Education: an Evaluation of a Mindfulness Course Delivered to Employees at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. Mindfulness, 1-12.
  • Breedvelt, J., Amanvermez, Y., Harrer, M., Karyotaki, E., Gilbody, S., Bockting, C. L., ... & Ebert, D. D. (2019). The effects of meditation, yoga and mindfulness on depression, anxiety and stress in tertiary education students: A meta-analysis. Frontiers in psychiatry10, 193.
  • Ding, X., Tang, Y. Y., Cao, C., Deng, Y., Wang, Y., Xin, X., & Posner, M. I. (2015). Short-term meditation modulates brain activity of insight evoked with solution cue. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 10(1), 43-49. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsu032
  • Song, Y., & Lindquist, R. (2015). Effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction on depression, anxiety, stress and mindfulness in Korean nursing students. Nurse education today, 35(1), 86-90. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2014.06.010 [paywall]
  • ​Zeng, X., Chiu, C. P., Wang, R., Oei, T. P., & Leung, F. Y. (2015). The effect of loving-kindness meditation on positive emotions: a meta-analytic review.Frontiers in psychology, 6. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389%2Ffpsyg.2015.01693
  • Ding, X., Tang, Y. Y., Tang, R., & Posner, M. I. (2014). Improving creativity performance by short-term meditation. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 10(1), 1. DOI: 10.1186/1744-9081-10-9
  • Galante, J., Galante, I., Bekkers, M. J., & Gallacher, J. (2014). Effect of kindness-based meditation on health and well-being: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 82(6), 1101. Available here
  • Goyal, M., Singh, S., Sibinga, E. M., Gould, N. F., Rowland-Seymour, A., Sharma, R., ... & Ranasinghe, P. D. (2014). Meditation programs for psychological stress and well-being: a systematic review and meta-analysis.JAMA internal medicine, 174(3), 357-368. DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13018.
  • Haas, A. S., & Langer, E. J. (2014). Mindful attraction and synchronization: Mindfulness and regulation of interpersonal synchronicity. NeuroQuantology,12(1). 10.14704/nq.2014.12.1.728
  • Kang, Y., Gray, J. R., & Dovidio, J. F. (2014). The nondiscriminating heart: Lovingkindness meditation training decreases implicit intergroup bias. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(3), 1306. doi: 10.1037/a0034150
  • Larouche, M., Cote, G., Belisle, D., & Lorrain, D. (2014). Kind attention and non-judgment in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy applied to the treatment of insomnia: state of knowledge. Pathologie Biologie, 62(5), 284-291. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016%2Fj.patbio.2014.07.002 [paywall]
  • Lueke, A., & Gibson, B. (2014). Mindfulness meditation reduces implicit age and race bias the role of reduced automaticity of responding. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1948550614559651.DOI: 10.1177/1948550614559651
  • Manning, C. A., Waldman, M. R., Lindsey, W. E., Newberg, A. B., & Cotter-Lockard, D. (2013). Personal Inner Values–A Key to Effective Face-to-Face Business Communication. Journal of Executive Education, 11(1), 3. Available at: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/jee/vol11/iss1/3
  • Delevoye-Turrell, Y. N., & Bobineau, C. (2012). Motor consciousness during intention-based and stimulus-based actions: modulating attention resources through mindfulness meditation. Attention and consciousness in different senses, 180. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00290
  • Marchand, W. R. (2012). Mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and Zen meditation for depression, anxiety, pain, and psychological distress. Journal of Psychiatric Practice®, 18(4), 233-252. doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000416014.53215.86
  • Moss, A. S., Wintering, N., Roggenkamp, H., Khalsa, D. S., Waldman, M. R., Monti, D., & Newberg, A. B. (2012). Effects of an 8-week meditation program on mood and anxiety in patients with memory loss. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 18(1), 48-53. Available here
  • Keng, S. L., Smoski, M. J., & Robins, C. J. (2011). Effects of mindfulness on psychological health: A review of empirical studies. Clinical psychology review, 31(6), 1041-1056. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016%2Fj.cpr.2011.04.006


  • Dunlop, D. D., Song, J., Arntson, E. K., Semanik, P. A., Lee, J., Chang, R. W., & Hootman, J. M. (2015). Sedentary time in US older adults associated with disability in activities of daily living independent of physical activity.Journal of physical activity & health12(1), 93.
  • Koepp, G. A., Manohar, C. U., McCrady‐Spitzer, S. K., Ben‐Ner, A., Hamann, D. J., Runge, C. F., & Levine, J. A. (2013). Treadmill desks: A 1‐year prospective trial. Obesity21(4), 705-711.
  • Mora, F. (2013). Successful brain aging: plasticity, environmental enrichment, and lifestyle. Dialogues Clin Neurosci15(1), 45-52.
  • Delisle, H., Ntandou-Bouzitou, G., Agueh, V., Sodjinou, R., & Fayomi, B. (2012). Urbanisation, nutrition transition and cardiometabolic risk: the Benin study. British Journal of Nutrition107(10), 1534-1544.
  • Dunstan, D. W., Kingwell, B. A., Larsen, R., Healy, G. N., Cerin, E., Hamilton, M. T., ... & Owen, N. (2012). Breaking up prolonged sitting reduces postprandial glucose and insulin responses. Diabetes care35(5), 976-983.
  • Koepp, G. A., Snedden, B. J., Flynn, L., Puccinelli, D., Huntsman, B., & Levine, J. A. (2012). Feasibility analysis of standing desks for sixth graders.ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition4(2), 89-92.
  • Van der Ploeg, H. P., Chey, T., Korda, R. J., Banks, E., & Bauman, A. (2012). Sitting time and all-cause mortality risk in 222 497 Australian adults. Archives of internal medicine172(6), 494-500.
  • Bauman, A., Ainsworth, B. E., Sallis, J. F., Hagströmer, M., Craig, C. L., Bull, F. C., ... & IPS Group. (2011). The descriptive epidemiology of sitting: a 20-country comparison using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). American journal of preventive medicine41(2), 228-235.
  • Church, T. S., Thomas, D. M., Tudor-Locke, C., Katzmarzyk, P. T., Earnest, C. P., Rodarte, R. Q., ... & Bouchard, C. (2011). Trends over 5 decades in US occupation-related physical activity and their associations with obesity. PloS one6(5), e19657.
  • Ding, D., Sallis, J. F., Hovell, M. F., Du, J., Zheng, M., He, H., & Owen, N. (2011). Physical activity and sedentary behaviours among rural adults in Suixi, China: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity8(1), 1.
  • Koba, S., Tanaka, H., Maruyama, C., Tada, N., Birou, S., Teramoto, T., & Sasaki, J. (2011). Physical activity in the Japan population: association with blood lipid levels and effects in reducing cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. Journal of atherosclerosis and thrombosis18(10), 833-845.
  • Levine, J. A., McCrady, S. K., Boyne, S., Smith, J., Cargill, K., & Forrester, T. (2011). Non-exercise physical activity in agricultural and urban people. Urban studies48(11), 2417-2427.
  • Tudor-Locke, C., Leonardi, C., Johnson, W. D., & Katzmarzyk, P. T. (2011). Time spent in physical activity and sedentary behaviors on the working day: the American time use survey. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine53(12), 1382-1387.


  • Salimpoor, V. N., Benovoy, M., Larcher, K., Dagher, A., & Zatorre, R. J. (2011). Anatomically distinct dopamine release during anticipation and experience of peak emotion to music. Nature neuroscience, 14(2), 257-262. DOI: 10.1038/nn.2726

Virtual Reality

  • Ulrich, M., Keller, J., Hoenig, K., Waller, C., & Grön, G. (2014). Neural correlates of experimentally induced flow experiences. Neuroimage, 86, 194-202. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.08.019
  • Hoffman, H. G., Chambers, G. T., Meyer III, W. J., Arceneaux, L. L., Russell, W. J., Seibel, E. J., ... & Patterson, D. R. (2011). Virtual reality as an adjunctive non-pharmacologic analgesic for acute burn pain during medical procedures. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 41(2), 183-191. Available here
  • Maani, C. V., Hoffman, H. G., Morrow, M., Maiers, A., Gaylord, K., McGhee, L. L., & DeSocio, P. A. (2011). Virtual reality pain control during burn wound debridement of combat-related burn injuries using robot-like arm mounted VR goggles. The Journal of trauma, 71(1 0), S125. Available here

Search Suggestions

Search catalogs by the following terms to find resources that may be of interest:

  • Contemplation.
  • Hypnotism
  • Hypnotism -- Therapeutic use
  • Meditation. (there are many narrower subjects of meditation, e.g., by religion, that you can search)
  • Mindful Learning 
  • Mindfulness (Psychology)
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
  • Reflective learning.
  • Reflective teaching.
  • Transformative learning.

Scholarly Articles, Last 10+ years

Scholarly Articles by Activity, Last 10+ Years


  • Gruzelier, J. (2009). A theory of alpha/theta neurofeedback, creative performance enhancement, long distance functional connectivity and psychological integration. Cognitive processing, 10(1), 101-109. DOI: 10.1007/s10339-008-0248-5


  • Kuo, W. J., Sjöström, T., Chen, Y. P., Wang, Y. H., & Huang, C. Y. (2009). Intuition and deliberation: two systems for strategizing in the brain. Science,324(5926), 519-522. DOI: 10.1126/science.1165598 
  • Losada, M., & Heaphy, E. (2004). The role of positivity and connectivity in the performance of business teams a nonlinear dynamics model. American Behavioral Scientist, 47(6), 740-765. doi: 10.1177/0002764203260208
  • Ullrich, P. M., & Lutgendorf, S. K. (2002). Journaling about stressful events: Effects of cognitive processing and emotional expression. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 24(3), 244-250. Available here


  • Jha, A. P., Stanley, E. A., Kiyonaga, A., Wong, L., & Gelfand, L. (2010). Examining the protective effects of mindfulness training on working memory capacity and affective experience. Emotion, 10(1), 54. DOI: 10.1037/a0018438
  • Tullett, A. M., & Inzlicht, M. (2010). The voice of self-control: Blocking the inner voice increases impulsive responding. Acta psychologica, 135(2), 252-256. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2010.07.008
  • Evans, D. R., Baer, R. A., & Segerstrom, S. C. (2009). The effects of mindfulness and self-consciousness on persistence. Personality and Individual Differences, 47(4), 379-382. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2009.03.026 paywall
  • Lutz, A., Brefczynski-Lewis, J., Johnstone, T., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). Regulation of the neural circuitry of emotion by compassion meditation: effects of meditative expertise. PloS one, 3(3), e1897. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0001897
  • Pagnoni, G., Cekic, M., & Guo, Y. (2008). “Thinking about not-thinking”: neural correlates of conceptual processing during Zen meditation. PLoS One,3(9), e3083. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0003083
  • Dusek, J. A., Otu, H. H., Wohlhueter, A. L., Bhasin, M., Zerbini, L. F., Joseph, M. G., ... & Libermann, T. A. (2008). Genomic counter-stress changes induced by the relaxation response. PloS one, 3(7), e2576. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0002576
  • Beddoe, A. E., & Murphy, S. O. (2004). Does mindfulness decrease stress and foster empathy among nursing students?. Journal of Nursing Education,43(7), 305-312. DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20040701-07 [paywall]

Content Attribution

Some of the content of this page was created by Marissa Mourer, co-founder of the Brain Booth, who left HSU in August 2017.