Title

The impact of intensive mindfulness training on attentional control, cognitive style, and affect

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Cognitive Therapy and Research

Publication Date

6-1-2008

Volume

32

Issue

3

First Page

303

Last Page

322

Publisher

Springer New York LLC

Keywords

Attention, Depression, Executive Cognition, Meditation, Mindfulness, Rumination, Working Memory

Abstract

To evaluate the impact of an intensive period of mindfulness meditation training on cognitive and affective function, a non-clinical group of 20 novice meditators were tested before and after participation in a 10-day intensive mindfulness meditation retreat. They were evaluated with self-report scales measuring mindfulness, rumination and affect, as well as performance tasks assessing working memory, sustained attention, and attention switching. Results indicated that those completing the mindfulness training demonstrated significant improvements in self-reported mindfulness, depressive symptoms, rumination, and performance measures of working memory and sustained attention, relative to a comparison group who did not undergo any meditation training. This study suggests future directions for the elucidation of the critical processes that underlie the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness-based interventions.

DOI

10.1007/s10608-007-9119-0

Print ISSN

01475916

E-ISSN

15732819

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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Full-text Version

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Language

English

Recommended Citation

Chambers, R., Lo, B. C. Y., & Allen, N. B. (2008). The impact of intensive mindfulness training on attentional control, cognitive style, and affect. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 32(3), 303-322. doi: 10.1007/s10608-007-9119-0

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