Brief mindfulness meditation improves mental state attribution and empathizing

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Tan, Lucy, Lo, Barbara and Macrae, C. Neil 2014. Brief mindfulness meditation improves mental state attribution and empathizing. PLoS One (online). 9 (10), pp. 1 - 5. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0110510
AuthorsTan, Lucy, Lo, Barbara and Macrae, C. Neil
Abstract

The ability to infer and understand the mental states of others (i.e., Theory of Mind) is a cornerstone of human interaction. While considerable efforts have focused on explicating when, why and for whom this fundamental psychological ability can go awry, considerably less is known about factors that may enhance theory of mind. Accordingly, the current study explored the possibility that mindfulness-based meditation may improve people’s mindreading skills. Following a 5-minute mindfulness induction, participants with no prior meditation experience completed tests that assessed mindreading and empathic understanding. The results revealed that brief mindfulness meditation enhanced both mental state attribution and empathic concern, compared to participants in the control group. These findings suggest that mindfulness may be a powerful technique for facilitating core aspects of social-cognitive functioning.

Year2014
JournalPLoS One (online)
Journal citation9 (10), pp. 1 - 5
ISSN1932-6203
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0110510
Open accessOpen access
Page range1 - 5
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
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