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Dr Peter Malinowski

Dr Peter Malinowski

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Biography

Dr Peter Malinowski is a Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience and directs the Meditation Research Lab at LJMU's Research Centre for Brain and Behaviour.
He is the Programme Leader for LJMU's new MSc Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Programme.
In his work he builds on his experience of practicing and teaching Buddhist meditation for more than 20 years and on his extensive expertise in Cognitive Neuroscience.
His research focuses on investigating the underlying mechanisms of meditation practice with the aim of understanding the resulting changes, ranging from physiological processes, to brain functions to subjective experience.

Dr Malinowski is particularly interested in advancing meditation as a preventative approach and a way of unveiling inherent psychological strengths and qualities of mind. With his work he furthermore aims to ensure that the potentially life-changing effects of meditation practices do not get lost through excessive commodification.

In addition to research concerned with the underlying mechanisms of meditation, Dr Malinowski’s projects also take an applied focus, for example:
1) the role of mindfulness regarding appetite, eating behaviour and eating disorders
2) the question if and how regular meditation practice can help staying cognitively fit in older age,
3) if and how meditation training in the workplace can unfold beneficial effects,
4) whether mindfulness-based surgery preparation can improve recovery and prevent the development of post-operative pain and
5) the long-term effects of regular meditation practice on mind and brain.

For achieving these aims he collaborates with colleagues across the globe, including the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, USA and Mexico.

Current Research Student Supervision:
- Anthony Bennett: Tracking meditation in daily life: Investigating the long-term effects of meditation and mindfulness practice using smart technology
- Adele Hurst: Mindfulness, green spaces and well-being (DClinPsy, Supervisor, University of Liverpool)
- Emilia Trapasso: Mindfulness and connection with nature, chronic stress and well-being (PhD, Supervisor, University of Liverpool; Funded by CLAHRC-NWC)
- Rebecca Hort-Atkinson: Persistent post-surgical pain after hysterectomy: a mindfulness-based intervention (PhD, Director of Studies; funded by the Pain Relief Foundation)
- Jekaterina Schneider: Mindfulness-based self-regulation training to promote physical activity (PhD, Supervisor)

Previous Research Students:
- Naomi Fisher: Mindfulness and eating behaviour (PhD, Supervisor)
- Katie Ewing: An Investigation of the EEG oscillatory indices of mental effort under - varying conditions of incentive and task demand (PhD, Supervisor)
- Adam Moore: Mindfulness and cognitive ageing (PhD, Director of Studies)
- Kerstin Nilsson: Multicultural aspects in E-Learning (MPhil, Director of Studies)

To learn more about Dr Malinowski's work visit: www.pmalinowski.de and www.meditation-research.org.uk

Degrees

2001, University of Konstanz, Germany, PhD (Dr. rer. soc.)
1996, Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany, Diplompsychologe (MSc in Psychology)

Academic appointments

Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - present
Honorary Lecturer, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool, 2015 - present
Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2003 - 2016
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Konstanz, 2001 - 2002
Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Liverpool, 2001 - 2002
Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, 1998 - 2000
Research Fellow, Institute of Psychology, Braunschweig University of Technology, 1997 - 1998
Lecturer in Psychology, Braunschweig University of Technology, 1996 - 1997

Publications

Highlighted publications

Schöne B, Gruber T, Graetz S, Bernhof M, Malinowski P. 2018. Mindful breath awareness meditation facilitates efficiency gains in brain networks: A steady-state visually evoked potentials study Scientific Reports, 8 >DOI

Malinowski P, Shalamanova L. 2017. Meditation and cognitive ageing: The role of mindfulness meditation in building cognitive reserve Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 1 :96-106 >DOI

Malinowski P, Moore AW, Mead BR, Gruber T. 2017. Mindful Aging: The Effects of Regular Brief Mindfulness Practice on Electrophysiological Markers of Cognitive and Affective Processing in Older Adults Mindfulness, 8 :78-94 >DOI

Fisher N, Lattimore P, Malinowski P. 2015. Attention with a mindful attitude attenuates subjective appetitive reactions and food intake following food-cue exposure. Appetite, 99 :10-16 >DOI

Malinowski P. 2013. Neural mechanisms of attentional control in mindfulness meditation. Front Neurosci, 7 :8 >DOI >Link

Moore A, Gruber T, Derose J, Malinowski P. 2012. Regular, brief mindfulness meditation practice improves electrophysiological markers of attentional control. Front Hum Neurosci, 6 :18 >DOI >Link

Journal article

Schöne B, Gruber T, Graetz S, Bernhof M, Malinowski P. 2018. Mindful breath awareness meditation facilitates efficiency gains in brain networks: A steady-state visually evoked potentials study Scientific Reports, 8 >DOI

Malinowski P. 2017. A snapshot of the science of meditation and mindfulness [Review of the book Presence: How Mindfulness and Meditation Shape Your Brain, Mind, and Life, by P. Verhaeghen] PsycCRITIQUES, 62 >DOI

Fisher N, Mead BR, Lattimore P, Malinowski P. 2017. Dispositional mindfulness and reward motivated eating: The role of emotion regulation and mental habit Appetite, 118 :41-48 >DOI

Jo HG, Malinowski P, Schmidt S. 2017. Frontal theta dynamics during response conflict in long-term mindfulness meditators Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11 >DOI

Malinowski P, Shalamanova L. 2017. Meditation and cognitive ageing: The role of mindfulness meditation in building cognitive reserve Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 1 :96-106 >DOI

Lattimore P, Malinowski P, Mead BR, Irwin L, Grice L, Carson R. 2017. ‘I can’t accept that feeling’: Relationships between interoceptive awareness, mindfulness and eating disorder symptoms in females with, and at-risk of an eating disorder Psychiatry Research, 247 :163-171 >DOI

Malinowski P, Moore AW, Mead BR, Gruber T. 2017. Mindful Aging: The Effects of Regular Brief Mindfulness Practice on Electrophysiological Markers of Cognitive and Affective Processing in Older Adults Mindfulness, 8 :78-94 >DOI

Fisher N, Lattimore P, Malinowski P. 2015. Attention with a mindful attitude attenuates subjective appetitive reactions and food intake following food-cue exposure. Appetite, 99 :10-16 >DOI

Stumbrys T, Erlacher D, Malinowski P. 2015. Meta-awareness during day and night: the relationship between mindfulness and lucid dreaming. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, 34 :415-433

Malinowski P, Lim HJ. 2015. Mindfulness at Work: Positive Affect, Hope, and Optimism Mediate the Relationship Between Dispositional Mindfulness, Work Engagement, and Well-Being Mindfulness, 6 :1250-1262 >DOI

Malinowski P. 2013. Neural mechanisms of attentional control in mindfulness meditation. Front Neurosci, 7 :8 >DOI >Link

Moore A, Gruber T, Derose J, Malinowski P. 2012. Regular, brief mindfulness meditation practice improves electrophysiological markers of attentional control. Front Hum Neurosci, 6 :18 >DOI >Link

Chiesa A, Malinowski P. 2011. Mindfulness-Based Approaches: Are They All the Same? JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 67 :404-424 >DOI >Link

Lattimore P, Fisher N, Malinowski P. 2011. A cross-sectional investigation of trait disinhibition and its association with mindfulness and impulsivity. Appetite, 56 :241-248 >DOI >Link

Moore A, Malinowski P. 2009. Meditation, mindfulness and cognitive flexibility. Conscious Cogn, 18 :176-186 >DOI >Link

Malinowski P. 2008. Mindfulness as psychological dimension: Concepts and applications Irish Journal of Psychology, 29 :155-166 >DOI

Malinowski P, Fuchs S, Müller MM. 2007. Sustained division of spatial attention to multiple locations within one hemifield. Neurosci Lett, 414 :65-70 >DOI >Link

Mueller MM, Andersen S, Trujillo NJ, Valdes-Sosa P, Malinowski P, Hillyard SA. 2006. Feature-selective attention enhances color signals in early visual areas of the human brain PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 103 :14250-14254 >DOI >Link

Fuchs S, Muller MM, Malinowski P, Andersen S. 2005. Sustained division of the attentional spotlight within one hemifield JOURNAL OF PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, 19 :116-116 >Link

Andersen S, Muller MM, Malinowski P. 2005. Attentional modulation of object-driven steady-state visual evoked potentials JOURNAL OF PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, 19 :107-107 >Link

Gruber T, Malinowski P, Muller MM. 2004. Modulation of oscillatory brain activity and evoked potentials in a repetition priming task in the human EEG EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE, 19 :1073-1082 >DOI >Link

Müller MM, Malinowski P, Gruber T, Hillyard SA. 2003. Erratum: Sustained division of the attentional spotlight (Nature (2003) 424, (309-312)) Nature, 426 :584

Muller MM, Malinowski P, Gruber T, Hillyard SA. 2003. Sustained division of the attentional spotlight NATURE, 424 :309-312 >DOI >Link

Hubner R, Malinowski P. 2002. The effect of response competition on functional hemispheric asymmetries for global/local processing PERCEPTION & PSYCHOPHYSICS, 64 :1290-1300 >DOI >Link

Malinowski P, Hübner R, Keil A, Gruber T. 2002. The influence of response competition on cerebral asymmetries for processing hierarchical stimuli revealed by ERP recordings Experimental Brain Research, 144 :136-139

Hübner R, Malinowski P. 2002. The effect of response competition on functional hemispheric asymmetries for global/local processing Perception and Psychophysics, 8 :1290-1300

Hubner R, Malinowski P. 2001. How to produce an absent-advantage in visual search PERCEPTION & PSYCHOPHYSICS, 63 :258-271 >DOI

Malinowski P, Hübner R. 2001. The effect of familiarity on visual-search performance: Evidence for learned basic features Perception & Psychophysics, 63 :458-463

Schneider J, Malinowski P, Watson P, Lattimore PJ. The role of mindfulness in physical activity: A systematic review Obesity Reviews, >DOI

Chapters

Malinowski P. 2017. Mindfulness Schneider S, Velmans M. The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness :203-216 Wiley & Son. Oxford 978-1-119-00220-8

Malinowski P. 2013. Flourishing through meditation and mindfulness David S, Boniwell I, Conley Ayers A. Oxford Handbook of Happiness :384-396 Oxford University Press. Oxford 9780199557257 >DOI

Malinowski P. 2012. Wie fördert Meditation positive psychologische Veränderungen? Zimmermann M, Spitz C, Schmidt S. Achtsamkeit: Ein buddhistisches Konzept erobert die Wissenschaft :91-100 Hans Huber. Bern 9783456851549

Book

Malinowski P. 2010. Flourishing- Welches Glück hätten Sie gern? Irisiana / Random House. Munich 9783424150773

Engagement & Impact

Public engagement:

European Parliament / Brussels, Buddhism and Meditation in the 21st Century, Lecture, members of European Parliament and their co-workers, 80, Invited speaker 10/07/2018

Coventry University - Brain, Belief and Behaviour Lab, Should children do mindfulness meditation?, Public roundtable discussion, general public, 70, invited speaker, http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-directories/research-events/2017/evening-conversations-on-being-human/ 30/03/2017

Frankfurt (a.M.), Germany, Scientific and Buddhist views on Meditation - International Buddhist Vesak Festival, public talk, general public, 140, invited speaker, http://www.vesak-frankfurt.de/programm.htm 29/05/2016

Sapienza University Rome, Italy, Mindfulness in an ageing society - Open Symposium: Mindfulness and Society, public talk, general public, 350, invited speaker, http://www.cmc-ia.org/icm2016rome/open-symposium/ 14/05/2016

Berlin, Germany, Buddha activity in the city. Buddhism in Action - Meeting of the European Buddhist Union, public talk, buddhist communities and general public, 90, invited speaker, http://europeanbuddhism.org/news/buddhism-in-action/ 01/04/2016

Conference organisation:

Meditation – Mindfulness – Skilful Means: 2nd CMC Contemplative Summer Institute, Main organiser, http://www.cmc-ia.org/2017/04/2nd-cmc-contemplative-summer-institute/

Launch event for All-Party Parliamentary Group Report - Mindful Nation UK, Knowsley Borough Council, Co-organiser

Cultivating the Mind: Mindfulness Research and Practice Day, Main organiser

Meditation, Mindfulness and the Judging Mind: CMC – Contemplative Summer Institute, Main Organiser, http://www.cmc-ia.org/events/meditation-mindfulness-and-the-judging-mind-in-andalucia/

Editorial boards:

Mindfulness, Associate Editor, http://www.springer.com/psychology/cognitive+psychology/journal/12671

Fellowships:

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, The Higher Education Academy

Media Coverage:

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20180802-why-everything-you-thought-about-mindfulness-may-not-be-true, Interview on BBC Capital Website: "What you're getting wrong about mindfulness" (03 August 2018)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b054mb, TV Appearance: BBC One: "Health: Truth or Scare?" (Series 2, Episode 2), 17 April 2018 - Contributor as meditation expert, advising on meditation, discussing evidence and studying cognitive and effective changes due to meditation of presenter Steve Brown.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09pb660, TV Appearance: BBC One Wales: "Make Wales Happy" Live Show - Presenting Meditation Training and related research demonstrating cognitive and emotional improvements by means of EEG (23 January 2018)

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/magazine/breathing-in-vs-spacing-out.html?_r=0, New York Times (14 Jan 2014): Breathing In vs. Spacing Out.

http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-directories/research-events/2017/evening-conversations-on-being-human/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJiKLYY01Qs, "Should Children Do Mindfulness Meditation?" Public roundtable discussion; hosted by Coventry University and their Brain, Belief, and Behaviour Lab (30 March 2017)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3dqFp4tkhsZ1VR97X0cmqhg/should-i-try-mindfulness, TV Appearance: Should I try ... Mindfulness? - Peter Malinowski's Research in "Trust me I'm a doctor" on BBC 2 (Series 5, Episode 3; first aired on 22 Sept 2016)

Membership of professional bodies:

Member of the Board of Directors, Consciousness Mindfulness Compassion International Association, http://www.cmc-ia.org/

Other invited event:

Attention in meditation and mindfulness practice, Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University, Israel (07 January 2016), invited talk

"Achtsamkeit in Psychologischer Forschung und Anwendung" [Mindfluness in psychological research and practice], Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies, Bonn University, Germany (29 May 2017), Invited Talk

Neuroscience of mindful attention, Coventry University, Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement (30 March 2017), Invited Seminar

Empathy and Compassion: From Contemplative Traditions to Neuroscience, Empathy and Compassion: From Contemplative Traditions to Neuroscience; Gerace, Italy (10-14 June 2017), Invited talk

Mindfulness and cognition: control processes of the mind according to science. International Conference - Mindfulness & Awareness, Lerab Ling Institute of Wisdom and Compassion, France (14-17 May 2015), keynote

Mindfulness in patient-centred care, Albert Einstein University, Mexico City (09-12 June 2015), bespoke professional training in mindfulness practices for healthcare professionals

Mindfulness and the brain, International Mindfulness Conference, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, University of Bangor; Chester (3-7 July 2015), Invited pre-conference workshop

Teaching qualification:

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education