Dr. Mohamed is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Developmental Psychology.
- Developmental Psychology
- Neuroscience & Behaviour
- Statistical Methods in Psychology
Cognitive Enhancement in Adolescent Brain using Mindfulness Techniques
The focus of my research is to investigate how to enhance cognition in adolescents using mindfulness techniques. Although mindfulness interventions have been shown to improve cognition in healthy adults and in patients with psychological disorders, how they enhance the healthy adolescent brain is not very well understood. The overarching goal of this research is to delineate how to enhance cognition in young adolescents and healthy young adults, using mindfulness interventions.
We are currently investigating how short term mindfulness interventions in adolescents can have an effect on higher order cognitive functions such as executive functions, working memory, attention, cognitive flexibility and creativity, and other psychological states such as perceived stress, subjective happiness, life satisfaction, and well-being.
We use electroencephalography (EEG), positron emission tomography (PET), functional magnetic resonance (fMRI), neuropsychological tasks and psychological questionnaires to investigate the effects of mindfulness interventions.
MOHAMED, A. D., ZULKIFLI, N., SEAL, D. and LEWIS, C. R., 2015. The Efficacy of Loving Kindness Meditation on Measures of
Subjective Well-Being in Healthy Young Adults: Preliminary Data In: 2015 Mindfulness Research Conference, Center for Child & Family Well-Being, University of Washington.. (In Press.)
MOHAMED, A. D, 2015. Does modafinil improve cognitive functions in healthy individuals?. In: RUUD TER MUELEN, AHMED DAHIR MOHAMED and WAYNE HALL, eds., Rethinking Cognitive Enhancement:: The Neuroscience of Cognitive and Physical Enhancement. First. 1. Oxford University Press. (In Press.)