Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)
Psychology (Arts and Sciences)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Sheri Johnson - Committee Chair
Second Committee Member
Michael E. McCullough - Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Heather Henderson - Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Jutta Joormann - Committee Member
Fifth Committee Member
David Loewenstein - Committee Member
The effect on two sessions of mindfulness training on attentional efficiency was examined. 150 novice meditators were randomly assigned to mindfulness training, relaxation training, or a neutral task and were tested before and after participation. They were evaluated with performance measures of attentional efficiency and short-term memory as well as self-report measures of mindfulness and affect. Results indicated that mindfulness training was not related to better performance on any attention measure or a verbal memory measure as compared to relaxation and control groups. Possible reasons for the failure to find attentional benefits are explored and directions for future research are discussed.
Polak, Emily L., "Impact of Two Sessions of Mindfulness Training on Attention" (2009). Open Access Dissertations. 251.