MEDITATION CAN REDUCE HABITUAL RESPONDING

MEDITATION
MEDICINE -- Research
COGNITION
HABIT
PSYCHOLOGY
UNIVERSITIES & colleges

Abstract:The article presents information on an investigation that provides experimental support for the idea that meditation leads to a reduction in habitual responding using randomly selected subjects, a secular form of meditation, and a full experimental design. The study was conducted at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and the University of California, Berkeley. The study found that meditation participants showed a reduction in habitual responding on the Stroop task as compared to controls. It concluded that across cognitive tasks, when participants understood that the goal was to respond non-habitually, meditation reduced habitual responding.

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