Mindful meditation causes those who consider themselves to be more "independent-minded" or egocentric to become less generous and more selfish, researchers report.
Mindfulness training can help increase optimism, enhance positive mood, and negate some of the effects of stress by improving mental health in school-aged children.
Often touted as helping to improve personal mental states, a new study reveals mindfulness can actually make people more selfish. Those who consider themselves to be more independent-minded, rather than having a pluralistic mindset, demonstrate a decrease in prosocial behavior following mindful meditation.
In most community settings, compared with doing nothing, mindfulness reduced stress, anxiety, depression, and increased wellbeing. However, in some cases, mindfulness may be no better than other practices to reduce anxiety and depression.
Tenacity, a newly developed video game that promotes mindfulness, alters connectivity between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the inferior parietal cortex. These areas of the brain are critical for attention. After playing the game for a short period, participants reported improvements in attention.
Older adults with mild cognitive impairment who practiced mindful meditation for 20 minutes a day were more likely to have an understanding of the underlying concepts of mindfulness. The study demonstrates memory impairments associated with MCI do not preclude learning mindfulness skills.