An Evaluation of MindUP with 4th and 5th grade students


This randomized controlled study included 4th and 5th graders from four classrooms. Findings indicated several positive outcomes. Students who received the MindUP program, compared to their peers who did not, had significant improvements across multiple areas including:

  • Improved attention
  • Improved stress physiology
  • Improved self-reports of:
    • Empathy
    • perspective-taking
    • optimism
    • emotional control
    • school self-concept
    • mindfulness
    • depressive symptoms
  • Improved peer ratings of kindness, prosocialness, and peer acceptance
  • Improved academics (Math)


Schonert-Reichl, K. A., Oberle, E., Lawlor, M. S., Abbott, D., Thomson, K., Oberlander, T. F., & Diamond, A. (2015). Enhancing cognitive and social-emotional development through a simple-to administer mindfulness-based school program for elementary school children: A randomized controlled trial. Developmental Psychology, 51, 52–66.