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IONS Meditation Bibliography
Welcome to the Institute of Noetic Sciences Meditation Bibliography! With more than 6000 citations and growing, the IONS Meditation Bibliography is the largest and most comprehensive known catalogue of published scientific studies of meditation in the world. IONS maintains this database and updates it quarterly.
This bibliography enables professionals, students, and interested individuals to navigate a treasure trove of published articles that deal with questions like "Is meditation effective for stress reduction in a corporate environment, and, if so, what type of meditation and programs are beneficial?" or "I have a patient with hypertension who might benefit from meditation – what program should I recommend?"
The IONS Meditation Bibliography was originally compiled and edited by Michael Murphy, cofounder of Esalen Institute, in collaboration with Steven Donovan. It was published in print in 1997 as The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation: A Review of Contemporary Research with an introduction by Eugene Taylor. It has since been updated and is now available as a searchable, online catalogue with citations, abstracts, and, when available, full-text articles — all free of charge! With nearly 6000 entries and growing, the IONS Meditation Bibliography is the largest and most comprehensive known catalogue of published scientific studies of meditation in the world. IONS maintains this database and updates it quarterly with current research.
How to Read and Evaluate a Research Article
Reading and evaluating research articles can be daunting, especially if you have not had scientific training. Below you'll find a quick introductory audio tutorial on reading a research article by IONS President/CEO and Executive Director of Research Cassandra Vieten, PhD.
Click the triangle below to listen to this audio recording (4.5 min).
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Original foreword writer
Jim & Christina Grote
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