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04-01-2021 | ORIGINAL PAPER

Meditating in Virtual Reality 2: Phenomenology of Vividness, Egocentricity and Absorption-Immersion

Auteurs: Melissa Miller, Divya Mistry, Rakesh Jetly, Paul Frewen

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 5/2021

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Abstract

Objectives

The current study was designed to replicate and extend previous findings that demonstrate the efficacy of virtual reality (VR) technology to facilitate salient experiences of positive affect and wellbeing in response to meditative tasks, by (1) evaluating the phenomenological variables vividness, egocentricity, and immersiveness, as mediators of variability in positive affective response, and by (2) evaluating individual differences in trait absorption as a predictor of variability in positive affective response.

Methods

The current experiment included 48 undergraduate students, all of whom completed both a brief VR and non-VR guided meditation session. Participants self-reported affective and meditative responses after each session using a battery of questionnaires.

Results

Participants experienced greater positive affect in response to VR versus non-VR guided meditation. Further, higher positive affect in response to VR meditation was (1) partially mediated by the experience of higher immersiveness, which was partially mediated by the experience of higher egocentricity in turn, and (2) predicted by higher trait absorption.

Conclusions

Guided meditation in VR is associated with increased positive affect in comparison to non-VR meditation partly due to its effects on egocentricity and immersiveness, especially among participants high in trait absorption.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Meditating in Virtual Reality 2: Phenomenology of Vividness, Egocentricity and Absorption-Immersion
Auteurs
Melissa Miller
Divya Mistry
Rakesh Jetly
Paul Frewen
Publicatiedatum
04-01-2021
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 5/2021
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-020-01589-y

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