Presentation Title

The effects of the Neuropsychology of Meditation course on attention, heart rate variability, and trait mindfulness

Presenter Information

Trevor J. BlanchardFollow

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

School

School of Sciences and Social Sciences

Discipline

Psychology

Mentor

Karen Jennings

Date & Time

April 9th at 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center, Room 282

Abstract

This study will examine the effect of participating in the Neuropsychology of Meditation (NM) course offered at Keene State College on an attentional task, a self-report measure of mindfulness, and heart rate variability, which will be used as a physiological measure of mindfulness. Students who sign up for the NM course will be asked to volunteer to participate in the study. Control group participants will be recruited through flyers around campus and announcements made in an equivalent upper-level interdisciplinary course, A Just World. Baseline scores will be compared to scores gathered 9-11 weeks into the course, and the NM group and the control group will be examined to look for differences and interactions. Participants in the NM class are expected to perform better on the attention task, with higher scores of mindfulness and higher heart rate variability than the control group participants.

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Apr 9th, 3:15 PM

The effects of the Neuropsychology of Meditation course on attention, heart rate variability, and trait mindfulness

David F. Putnam Science Center, Room 282

This study will examine the effect of participating in the Neuropsychology of Meditation (NM) course offered at Keene State College on an attentional task, a self-report measure of mindfulness, and heart rate variability, which will be used as a physiological measure of mindfulness. Students who sign up for the NM course will be asked to volunteer to participate in the study. Control group participants will be recruited through flyers around campus and announcements made in an equivalent upper-level interdisciplinary course, A Just World. Baseline scores will be compared to scores gathered 9-11 weeks into the course, and the NM group and the control group will be examined to look for differences and interactions. Participants in the NM class are expected to perform better on the attention task, with higher scores of mindfulness and higher heart rate variability than the control group participants.