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Mindfulness and working memory: Evaluating short-term meditation effects on working memory related tasks and self-reported health benefits
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The effects of short-term meditation is a debated subject. There is studies that indicates that there is none or limited effect. Research of mindfulness meditation has also shown positive effects on working memory related tasks and sustained attention, but it can also show reduction of stress and depression. This study evaluate the effects of short-term guided meditation in a group of 10 persons in comparison with a control group. Results indicated no difference in memory tasks such as digit-span but the experimental group showed significant improvements in self-reported stress and mindful assets such as Acting with awareness and Acceptance without judgement. The results are consistent with previous research in this area. 

Abstract [sv]

Effekten av kortsiktig meditation är omdiskuterad. Det finns studier som indikerar att det inte finns någon eller limiterad effekt. Tidigare forskning kring meditation har också visat positiva effekter på arbetsrelaterade uppgifter och bibehållen uppmärksamhet men även på stressreducering och depression. Den här studien utvärderar effekten av guidad meditation vid tre tillfällen på en experimentgrupp av tio personer i jämförelse med en kontrollgrupp. Resultaten visar inte att mindfulness hade signifikant påverkan på arbetsminnet men signifikant positiv påverkan på stressreducering och på mindfulnessdrag som Agera med medvetenhet och Acceptera utan fördomar. Resultaten går i linje med tidigare forskning inom det här området.

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2017.
Keywords [en]
Working memory - Short-term memory - Mindfulness - Meditation - Stress - Anxiety – Act with awareness - Accept without judgement
Keywords [sv]
Arbetsminne – Kortidsminne - Mindfulness - Meditation - Stress - Ångest – Agera med edvetenhet – Acceptera utan fördomar
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-59904OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-59904DiVA, id: diva2:1066380
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Psychology
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Available from: 2017-02-03 Created: 2017-01-17 Last updated: 2017-02-03Bibliographically approved

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