Dr. Amishi Jha is a professor of psychology at the University of Miami. She serves as the Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, which she co-founded in 2010. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California–Davis and postdoctoral training at the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University. Dr. Jha’s work has been featured at NATO, the World Economic Forum, and The Pentagon. She has received coverage in the The New York Times, NPR, TIME, Forbes and more.
Praise for PEAK MiND
A must-have guide to experiencing every moment of our lives. Based in the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience, Dr. Amishi Jha reveals the unfiltered joy of paying attention.Goldie Hawn Actress and Founder of The Hawn Foundation
Dr. Jha brilliantly blends cutting-edge science, compelling stories, and strong practical instructions–the perfect antidote for our distracted over-busy time.Jack Kornfield Bestselling author of The Wise Heart
Dr. Amishi Jha combines the science of attention with compelling stories from those in high stakes professions to show us all how to be more present in our lives so that we can unlock our full potential.Arianna Huffington Author of #1 New York Times Bestseller Thrive
Proven practices to take control of our focus and become our best selves. A must read for our distracted times.Daniel Goleman Author of #1 NYTimes Bestseller Emotional Intelligence
Suffused with Amishi’s rare talent for making rigorous science commonsensical and her exquisite clarity as both a researcher and teacher, this book can catapult you into living fully the life that is yours to live while you have the chance.Jon Kabat-Zinn Founder of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for All
A powerful book by one of our world’s pioneers in the science of mindfulness.. a treasure trove of insights and exercises to enrich our lives.Dan Siegel New York Times bestselling author, Executive Director, Mindsight Institute
Attention is the key factor in moving beyond just living mechanically into a life of clarity and joy. Dr. Jha brilliantly offers a clear and useful path to paying attention differently.Sharon Salzberg Author of New York Times Bestseller, Real Happiness
A brilliant guide for training our attention with mindful awareness and maximizing our human potential.Tara Branch Author of Radical Acceptance
An invaluable guidebook for leaders to gain and sustain high performance over time, no matter your profession.Ed Cardon LT General (Retired) Edward Cardon, former commander of IS Cyber Command
A “must read” for all of us interested in training our brains and maximizing our attention to live better, more productive lives.Alan S Gold Retired US Federal Judge
When every pitch, pass, shot, swing or second counts, regulating attention is the key mental skill to success. Dr. Jha shows us how.Ben Freakley Head of Mental Performance Toronto Blue Jays, Professional Baseball Team
Leaders need to know how to use their attention. Dr. Jha makes the science of attention accessible and convincingly conveys why a mindful path to cultivating attention may be our best hope.Chris Ruane Former Member of Parliament, UK
Essential training for warriors and peak performers everywhere.Carsten J. Grimm Squadron Leader, Psychologist, New Zealand Defence Force
Amishi Jha brings you into the lab to learn how attention works, why it’s essential for well-being, and how it can be trained to reach your greatest potential. Required reading for our modern world!Wendy Hasenkamp PhD, Science Director, Mind & Life Institute
Peak Mind makes a compelling case for the extraordinary return on investment that all can enjoy with daily training. This book is a gift to all who wish to enhance their performance in all aspects of their personal and professional lives.Paul Singerman Co-chair, Berger Singerman Law Firm
Dr. Jha breaks down complicated neuroscience and packages it in exercises that are simple to understand. Her humor, warmth and empathy are alive throughout this gem of a book. She walks her talk, and that makes this book a delightful gift for a hungry society.Sara Filtner Former mayor of Jackson Hole, WY
The healing of a nation begins with attention. In Peak Mind, Dr. Jha, a leading brain scientist, explains how attention works and how to build it back up to uplift ourselves, our souls and our nation.Tim Ryan Congressman, Author of Healing America
Successfully tackling the biggest challenges our world faces requires leaders to have peak attention. Dr. Jha, a pioneering brain scientist, shares lessons learned from the front lines of implementation research, and provides accessible tools for all of us to strengthen our attention.Jeffrey C. Walker Retired Managing Partner JP Morgan Chase
If you want to navigate life’s challenges more successfully in these chaotic, uncertain times, pay attention to Peak Mind!James Gimian Founding Publisher, Mindful magazine and Executive Director of the Foundation for a Mindful Society
Powerful insights and actionable guidance to improveJulio Frenk MD, PhD, President of University of Miami
attention. Our personal lives and social interactions will be enriched by attentively reading this remarkable book.
As an internationally-recognized pioneer in the study of mindfulness, Dr. Jha delivers a roadmap for how mindfulness can have an impact in the workplace: from the boardroom to the frontlines.Amy Adler PhD, Lead Editor of Deployment Psychology: Evidence-Based Strategies to Promote Mental Health in the Military
Peak Mind is where we all do our best work, and it is also the mind from which we generate appreciation and compassion for others. Amishi Jha gives us clear, simple guidance on how to live this way, and her enthusiasm motivates us to develop this “superpower.”Mirabai Bush Co-author with Ram Dass, Walking Each Other Home
In the midst of our current crisis of attention, Peak Mind is just the right book at the right time.Caroline Welch Cofounder and CEO of the Mindsight Institute and author of The Gift of Presence
Peak Mind will tell you everything you need to know about your most valuable resource – attention – like why it matters, how it works and, most importantly, how to use it effectively. You’ll be transfixed, your mind won’t wander for a moment.Craig Hassed Professor, OAM, Director of Education, Monash Centre for Consciousness and Contemplative Studies
In Peak Mind, Amishi takes us to the cutting-edge neuroscience and makes brain training easy, accessible and essential so we can thrive in the new attention economy by safeguarding our most precious resource — our attention. I hope you’re paying attention!Anne Alexander NY Times Best Selling Author, President Brand Strategies, Inc.
The Jha Lab
In Amishi’s laboratory at the University of Miami, she uses functional MRI, electrophysiological recordings and behavioral analysis techniques to understand why our attention sometimes fails us, and if it can be trained for greater focus and less distractibility. She launched the first-ever study to offer mindfulness training tools to active duty military service members as they prepared for deployment. What she has discovered is that without intervention, attention is compromised, and attentional lapses increase. Yet, with mindfulness training, attention can be strengthened and protected.
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Our minds are hyper-taxed due to hyper-tasking. We need to slow down and allow ourselves to daydream if we want to improve our attention.
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THE DUNCAN TRUSSELL FAMILY HOUR PODCAST • Episode 480 • Dr. Amishi Jha Ph.D.
THE JOE ROGAN EXPERIENCE PODCAST • Episode #1723 • Dr. Amishi Jha Ph.D.
Amishi joins the Armchair Expert to discuss “Peak Mind”, what the study of mindfulness actually is, and attentional rubbernecking.
Amishi explains in detail how our minds operate in terms of our focus and attention.
How to tame your wandering mind…
Amishi Jha: ‘How Can We Pay Better Attention To Our Attention?’ on NPR – TED Talk Radio Hour
Mindfulness For A Stressful World TIME For Health Talks
Mindfulness in the Military with Amishi Jha, Major General Piatt, Anderson Cooper
Amishi Jha: ‘To Train an Athlete, Add 12 Hours of Meditation to the Mix’
Amishi Jha featured on Forbes magazine article ‘4 Steps To Improve Your Focus With Mindfulness’
Amishi Jha featured on CNN Health’s article about focusing on the present and taking a mindful approach
Everything You Need to Know About Mindful Running
His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
Conversations on Mindful Leadership from the Front Lines
DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION: WHAT SENIOR LEADERS CAN DO TO IMPROVE FOCUS
The Role of Attention and Awareness in an Era of Misinformation and Digital Seduction
Amishi Jha joins congressman Tim Ryan and LTG Piatt regarding mindful action
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