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Blair
Braden
Assistant Professor
Arizona State University

      What is mindfulness to you?

To me, mindfulness is just a word; but it points to the healing experience of connecting with the totality of the present moment.

      How do you use mindfulness in your work, research, or practice?

I have my PhD in behavioral neuroscience with experience ranging from human MRI studies to animal models of learning and memory. In my lab at ASU, I primarily focus on understanding aging in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I also conduct intervention studies with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to better understand the brain changes associated with symptom improvements in various clinical populations.