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Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness 3/2016

29-03-2016 | ORIGINAL PAPER

The Effects of a Brief Mindfulness Exercise on Executive Attention and Recognition Memory

Auteurs: Nicholas Watier, Michael Dubois

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 3/2016

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Abstract

We examined the effects of a brief (10 min) single-session mindfulness exercise on state mindfulness, executive attention, and recognition memory, and in an exploratory manner, investigated if these effects are moderated by trait mindfulness. Participants were randomly assigned to a brief mindfulness exercise condition, an attention exercise control condition, or an arithmetic exercise control condition. The Emotional Stroop task and a surprise old/new recognition test were used to measure executive attention and recognition memory, respectively. A measure of trait mindfulness was included as a moderator variable in regression models that predicted state mindfulness or task performance from exercise condition. Our results indicate that a brief single-session mindfulness exercise can increase levels of state mindfulness compared to an arithmetic exercise but not to an attention exercise. While subject to certain limitations, we found that trait mindfulness can moderate the efficacy of the mindfulness exercise at reducing emotional interference on a task of executive attention. Our results underscore the complex relationship between mindfulness and cognitive processes.

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Metagegevens
Titel
The Effects of a Brief Mindfulness Exercise on Executive Attention and Recognition Memory
Auteurs
Nicholas Watier
Michael Dubois
Publicatiedatum
29-03-2016
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 3/2016
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-016-0514-z