BMS421 Mindfulness and Neuroscience Influence (8)

Human behaviour is a direct reflection of the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system. Neurocognitive research into mindfulness has shown that secular mindfulness training improves memory capacity and enhances efficient use of limited cognitive resources. This subject investigates the relationship between brain function and social-cognitive mindfulness that may help to predict variance in behavioural changes and reviews a range of experimental measurements used to detect changes in brain-behavioural activities.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS421. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to describe structural and functional brain changes in individuals suffering from health-related disorders
  • Be able to recall and reflect on studies reporting an association between brain and mindfulness approaches
  • Be able to explain behavioural changes through brain-behavioural relationship
  • Be able to critically appraise measurement techniques used to examine changes in behavioural-brain activities


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Mindfulness and the brain
  • Mindfulness and moderator of the neural base social influence
  • Mindfulness and brain-behavioural relationship
  • Brain-behavioural measurements
  • Mindfulness measurements
  • Issues in using self-report assessments

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS421 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Discussion contribution
Online tests

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.