Karin Moesch and Philippe Goldin. Photo collage.

One of the world's leading researchers on mindfulness, Philippe Goldin, a psychologist and brain researcher from UC Davis in the USA and Lund University, and Karin Moesch, sports psychologist at Malmö University, will give the second lecture in the series on mindfulness.

Philippe and Karin will talk about how the brain is affected by mindfulness practices and how these practices are used in elite sport. They will present scientific evidence on the effects of mindfulness and compassion meditation on emotion reactivity, emotion regulation, brain networks and caring behaviours.

In the second part of the talk, they will have a specific look at scientific evidence for mindfulness-based interventions in relation to performance and mental health in elite athletes. They will also discuss what applied work with mindfulness-based interventions might look like with this population.

University staff, students, as well as the general public are warmly welcome to join the lecture – no pre-registration required.



Philippe Goldin is a Professor at UC Davis and leads the Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience Laboratory.

His team is currently engaged in basic research on the brain networks that differentiate different types of emotion regulation strategies, clinical research on the neural bases of psychopathology, clinical intervention research examining the brain and behavioral mechanisms of therapeutic change during Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Compassion Cultivation Training in adults with anxiety, depression and chronic pain disorders.


Karin Moesch, PhD, holds a part-time position as a senior lecturer at the Department of Sports Sciences at Malmö University. Her research interests focus on mental health issues, psychological aspects of injury, mindfulness- and acceptance-based approaches in elite sports, team sports, and talent development.

She is also employed as a sport psychologist at the Department for Elite Sports at the Swedish Sports Confederation. In this position, she provides individual counselling, group workshops and educations for elite athletes and coaches.

Between 2015 and 2022, she was a member of the managing council of the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC), and designated vice-president for the period 2019-2022.


Susanna Hedenborg is professor of sports science and associate professor of economic history at Malmö University. Susanna's background is in economic history, but she has studied sport from both historical and contemporary perspectives, with particular focus on changes in child and youth sports, and sports from a gender perspective. Susanna is chair of both the Centre for Sports Research and the Swedish Anti-Doping Foundation.

For more than 30 years, Susanna has also been active as a leader and practitioner of Taichi chuan, where mindful presence is trained in movement.



Lecture series

Agartha AB, a Malmö-based and family-owned investment company, enables Malmö University to strengthen its research in mindfulness through its donation.


The lecture series is organised by the Department of Sports Sciences at Malmö University. The department will also organise several activities on the subject in 2023.

In addition to the lecture series, which is open to the public, there will be networking meetings and overviews of research on how mindfulness training has been used in sport and in schools, as well as research on the tradition of mindfulness.

25 May

The last lecture of the spring offers an in-depth dive into mindfulness as a tradition of ideas, with the help of Katarina Plank, religious historian from Karlstad University.