In their story, “Meditation is more than either stress relief or enlightenment,” Vox references a study by UW–Madison researchers including lead author Simon Goldberg, an assistant professor in the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology and a core faculty member at the Center for Healthy Minds.
The Vox article states that “…as the research matures into controlled studies and meta-analyses, meditation is losing a bit of its luster. It’s beginning to look more like just another decently effective medical intervention. A 2021 systematic review of 44 meta-analyses found that mindfulness was mostly on par with cognitive behavioral therapy or antidepressants in terms of treatment effects (mindfulness was superior in a few categories, however, including treating depression and substance abuse).”
Goldberg is the lead author of the systematic review, and UW–Madison colleagues Kevin M. Riordan, Shufang Sun, and Richard J. Davidson are co-authors.
The story also features a photo of Richard Davidson, founder and chair of UW–Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds, with Tibetan monk Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.
Read the full Vox article.