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Article: Brief Mindfulness Meditation Improves Mental State Attribution and Empathizing

TitleBrief Mindfulness Meditation Improves Mental State Attribution and Empathizing
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherPublic Library of Science. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.plosone.org/home.action
Citation
PLoS One, 2014, v. 9 n. 10, p. e110510 How to Cite?
AbstractThe 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.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/217930
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.057
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.395
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dc.contributor.authorTan, L-
dc.contributor.authorLo, BCY-
dc.contributor.authorMacrae, N-
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-18T06:18:31Z-
dc.date.available2015-09-18T06:18:31Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationPLoS One, 2014, v. 9 n. 10, p. e110510-
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/217930-
dc.description.abstractThe 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.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPublic Library of Science. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.plosone.org/home.action-
dc.relation.ispartofPLoS One-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleBrief Mindfulness Meditation Improves Mental State Attribution and Empathizing-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLo, BCY: bcylo@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLo, BCY=rp00637-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0110510-
dc.identifier.pmid25329321-
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC4201548-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84908141368-
dc.identifier.hkuros251974-
dc.identifier.volume9-
dc.identifier.issue10-
dc.identifier.spagee110510-
dc.identifier.epagee110510-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000345204100086-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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