Elena Antonova

Dr Elena Antonova is a Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK ( She has obtained BSc in Psychology from the University College London, UK, in 2000 and the PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, UK, in 2004. Her main research interest is the neuroscience of mindfulness using psychophysiology and neuroimaging methods with the application to the prevention and management of psychosis and schizophrenia. Dr Antonova held Templeton Positive Neuroscience Award between 2011-2013 for the project investigating the effect of mindful attention on sensory information processing in expert mindfulness practitioners ( She has been actively involved with the Mind and Life Institute (, an organization founded by Francisco Varela that aims to facilitate an inter-disciplinary research into the effects of contemplative practices, and has been elected as the Mind & Life Research Fellow in November 2017. Dr Antonova has a strong interest in the Philosophy of Mind, both Western and Eastern schools of thought, with the application to the foundational issues in neuroscience and psychiatry.