Mindfulness is the ability to be fully aware in the moment – conscious of one's thoughts and actions. While mindfulness can be trained through activities like meditating, slow breathing and strolling, researchers in the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona is working on developing a new approach to achieving mindfulness.
A team led by research assistant professor Jay Sanguinetti is experimenting with ultrasound technology to modulate brain activity and enhance mindfulness. Sanguinetti's team at the Science Enhanced Mindfulness Lab, or SEMA Lab, is specifically focused on accelerating mindfulness during meditation. Sanguinetti and Brian Lord, a graduate student in the Psychology Department and member of the SEMA Lab, spoke with University of Arizona News about the motivation behind the launch of the SEMA Lab, the lab's vision, and their current and upcoming projects.