Mindful interventions: Youth, poverty, and the developing brain

  title={Mindful interventions: Youth, poverty, and the developing brain},
  author={Suparna Choudhury and Joshua M. Moses},
  journal={Theory \& Psychology},
  pages={591 - 606}
Mindfulness meditation is being advocated as a promising new educational, clinical, and social intervention for youth, fueled by new evidence from neuroscience about the benefits of “growing the brain through meditation,” convergent with recent data on developmental neuroplasticity. Although still marginal and in some cases controversial, secular programs of mindfulness have been implemented with ambitious goals of improving attentional focus of pupils, social-emotional learning in “at-risk… Expand
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