Brief mindfulness meditation improves mental state attribution and empathizing

Tan, Lucy B. G., Lo, Barbara C. Y. and Macrae, C. Neil (2014) Brief mindfulness meditation improves mental state attribution and empathizing. PLoS One, 9 10: e110510.1-e110510.5. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0110510

Author Tan, Lucy B. G.
Lo, Barbara C. Y.
Macrae, C. Neil
Title Brief mindfulness meditation improves mental state attribution and empathizing
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2014-10-17
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0110510
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 9
Issue 10
Start page e110510.1
End page e110510.5
Total pages 5
Place of publication San Francisco, CA United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Subject 1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
1300 Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
2700 Medicine
Formatted abstract
The 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.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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