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Title: Mechanisms of mindfulness : the role of feedback from the body
Author: Morgan, R.
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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The aim of this paper is to provide a comprehensive review and evaluation of the psychological literature pertaining to mechanisms of mindfulness meditation. Mechanisms explored include meta-cognitive change, exposure, acceptance, relaxation, self management and changes in body-state feedback. A number of different methodological approaches have been used to explore these mechanisms. Examples of each approach are explored and limitations described. The vast majority of research into mindfulness has focused on treatment outcome studies which reveal little about what mechanisms are activated by mindfulness meditation. Other approaches have yielded some preliminary support for each of the proposed mechanisms although this support is methodologically weak. It is argued that there have been few direct tests of these mechanims and that this is a priority for future mindfulness research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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