It’s as if a light turns on and you suddenly see an answer to a problem that had stumped you.
Sometimes this happens when you didn’t even know you were thinking about the problem.
Mindfulness is known to be correlated with a positive affect, accordingly they researches used the was used to assess state positive affect.
They also added randomization to this experiment; participants were now randomized to either a mindfulness (n = 35) or a control (n = 36) group.
As an avid practitioner of mindfulness meditation I feel that there is some face validity to their conclusion, even in the light of the study's apparent weaknesses.
It would be very interesting to see a randomized controlled trail with participants who undergo an 8 week structured mindfulness training compared to either a wait list control or a placebo control.For each problem, the solution is a single word that can form a compound word or phrase for each of the words (e.g., “mind” or “piece” could both work with game, but neither works for all 3; the actual solution is at the bottom of this page). ) and sometimes through straightforward solving methods.We let subjects (after training) tell us how they solved each problem.The mindfulness group were administered a 10 minute mindfulness exercise before answering the measures and before they were directed to the problems.Likewise the control group had to listen to 10 minutes of a natural history text.For starters there’s no information on how the randomization were generated or on how the allocation was concealed.Additionally the authors do not report whether they were blinded to participants’ group assignment.New study suggest so Posted by Kristoffer Magnusson on 2012-04-11 in Psychology Tagged as Experiment Meditation Mindfulness Problem solving Research A new study (Ostafin, B. T, In Press) examined whether mindfulness meditation could help improve participants' insight problem solving skills.Their hypothesis was that mindfulness might aid in solving of problems that require creative, nonhabitual responses.Another limitation of their study is that the participants probably weren’t blind to their own group assignment, as the control group got to listen to a tape about natural history.A more feasible approach would’ve been to let them listen to some placebo relaxation tape, and to perform a tests for the success of blinding at posttest.