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Research study showing that mindfulness training is associated with improving allocation of limited cognitive resources for better performance on attentional tasks.

MINDFULNESS AFFECTS ALLOCATION OF LIMITED BRAIN RESOURCES A Science Story

Published at Nov 19, 2015
Research study showing that mindfulness training is associated with improving allocation of limited cognitive resources for better performance on attentional tasks.

PRESENTATION OUTLINE

mindfulness affects allocation of limited brain resources

A Science Story
Research study showing that mindfulness training is associated with improving allocation of limited cognitive resources for better performance on attentional tasks.

Previous research

  • A second target stimulus presented within 500 ms of first one in rapid sequ
  • Humans have limited cognitive resources for processing information
  • Background Research Humans have limited cognitive resources for processing information This limitation is revealed by the attentional blink paradigm - A second target stimulus presented within 500 ms of first one in rapid sequence of distractors is often not detected.
  • This limitation revealed by the attentional-blink paradigm
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Background Research Human brain is capable of plastic change in response to environmental stimulation. Intensive training of external task, like computer games, can improve attention skills as reflected by enhanced performance on new cognitive tasks.

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Background Research Meditation involves mental training of attention Mental training of attention produces lasting changes in brain & cognitive function There are cognitive & neural differences in attentional processing between expert meditators and novices

Research question

  • Research Questions Can purely mental training of attentional skills benefit performance on novel tasks? Can intensive meditation affect the distribution of limited attentional resources?
  • Can purely mental training of attentional skills benefit novel tasks

Methodology

Methodology

Measurement

  • Measurement 1) Performance in the attentional-blink tasks in both time periods 2) Scalp-recorded brain potentials as reflected in a smaller T1-elicited P3b, a brain-potential index of resource allocation
  • Performance in the attentional-blink tasks

Results

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Results

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Results

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Results

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discussion

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discussion

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discussion

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Claim

Mindfulness training can improve

References

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