Research on Mindfulness Meditation

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Research on Mindfulness Meditation

Postby useless_id » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:31 pm

http://edu.surveygizmo.com/s3/1146592/M ... sciousness

Hello everyone, given that this is engaged buddhism part of dharmawheel I felt that this section was the most appropriate forum for my request. With this said I am reaching out to fellow meditators in the hope of enlisting your support. In short, I am conducting a quick, 5-8 minute survey as part of my master's thesis to see if there is an empirical link between mindfulness and shifts in consciousness. If a significant link is indeed found then this can open the door to further studies on this topic along with promoting clinical applications of mindfulness in mental health.

Given that I can't simply ask people on the street about the effects of meditation on their lives your assistance is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions feel free to ask them here and I will attempt to answer them promptly. Thank you!

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Re: Research on Mindfulness Meditation

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:46 am

I got as far as the rating system which started with:

"I could be experiencing some emotion and not be conscious of it until sometime later. "
Which doesn't make any sense to me,
and from the Buddhist understanding,
experiencing something and being conscious of it are the same thing.
So, you can't be experiencing it and not be conscious of it.
awareness (being conscious of) of something is the experience.
So, I stopped taking the survey.
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Re: Research on Mindfulness Meditation

Postby lojong1 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:29 am

From OP's link above:
"What is the title of this study?
Mindfulness and Self-Absorption: Examining the relationship between non-elaborative attention and shifts in rigidity of self-consciousness.
What is the purpose of this study?
The purpose of this study is to determine whether or not a relationship exists between the practice of mindfulness and the degree to which a person rigidly sustains their attention on self-oriented processes (i.e. self-consciousness). The results of this study may help to clarify the relationship between these two theoretically distinct ideas and any demographic variables that may moderate the aforementioned relationship."


It just doesn't look real to me. Pass.

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Re: Research on Mindfulness Meditation

Postby ball-of-string » Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:42 pm

He posted the same in another forum. I had the same concerns, but after asking some questions I learned the name of his university and the name of his advisor. It is legitimate.

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Re: Research on Mindfulness Meditation

Postby DGA » Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:01 pm

what are "shifts in consciousness"?

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Re: Research on Mindfulness Meditation

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:06 pm

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The Chinese characters are Fo (buddha) and Ming (bright). The image is of a student of Buddhism, who, imagining himself to be a monk, and not understanding the true meaning of the words takes the sound of the words literally. Likewise, People on web forums sometime seem to be foaming at the mouth.
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Re: Research on Mindfulness Meditation

Postby Wayfarer » Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:29 am

I have participated in some of these studies and read some research about it. Scientific validation strikes me as being irrelevant to the value of meditation. Perhaps it could be seen as an upaya whereby meditators 'speak the language' of the culture they're in, in order to point out the value of the practice. I also read, somewhere, a recent meta-study which claimed that 'scientific studies of meditation' were frequently undermined by participant bias. i.e. those investigating it, and those participating in it, all 'believed' in meditation and so could not be regarded as 'objective' in regards to it.

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Re: Research on Mindfulness Meditation

Postby SusanChase » Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:47 am

I believe that meditation can really help relax our mind which good in our mental health. And I also heard on some studies that it will help us have a good blood circulation.


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