Francesco Saldarini(Visiting Research Fellow)

Profile & Research

I am a third year Ph.D. student at the University of Surrey (UK) and a Visiting Research Fellow at Waseda University.

In my Ph.D. research, I investigate the psychobiological therapeutic mechanisms of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) for chronic stress reduction. Specifically, I test hypotheses derived from the Monitor and Acceptance Theory (MAT; Lindsay and Creswell, 2017: DOI: 10.1016/j.cpr.2016.10.011). I strive to conduct epistemologically sound theory-driven research following the method proposed by Karl Popper and Imre Lakatos (Popper, 1959, The logic of scientific discovery; Lakatos, 1978, The Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes).

During my time at Waseda University, I hope to meet an international network of like-minded scholars interested in mindfulness. Moreover, I wish to learn more about research on the psychological effects of martial arts practice.

In my free time, I enjoy practicing Judo and Muay Thai, exploring Japan, and spending time with friends.

Please contact me if you share similar academic interests or would like to volunteer for one of my studies. At the moment, I am conducting 1) a cross-sectional study on cognition and attitudes towards stressful events (Japanese language only), and 2) an intervention study on the effect of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (English language only).