ARNOLD VAN EMMERIK
UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM
DUTCH ASSOCIATION FOR BEHAVIORAL AND COGNITIVE THERAPY, DABCT
Mobile Mindfulness: An Update on the (Im)possibilities
Following the advance of e-health interventions in clinical psychology, recent years also saw an upsurge of mobile health applications (or: m-health apps) for smartphones and tablets. In a parallel development, interest in the study and practice of mindfulness has enormously increased. This keynote discusses the point where both developments meet: m-health apps for mindfulness practice, or more simply: mindfulness apps. Specifically, an overview and critical discussion of available mindfulness apps is presented, and a number of recent study findings are presented. These include the first findings of a randomised controlled trial in MBSR participants, that examined if mindfulness apps can support participants in maintaining a regular mindfulness practice (and the benefits of such a practice) after their MBSR course has ended.