Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 303–322

The Impact of Intensive Mindfulness Training on Attentional Control, Cognitive Style, and Affect


  • Richard Chambers
    • University of Melbourne
  • Barbara Chuen Yee Lo
    • University of Melbourne
    • University of Melbourne
    • ORYGEN Research Centre and Department of PsychologyUniversity of Melbourne
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10608-007-9119-0

Cite this article as:
Chambers, R., Lo, B.C.Y. & Allen, N.B. Cogn Ther Res (2008) 32: 303. doi:10.1007/s10608-007-9119-0


To evaluate the impact of an intensive period of mindfulness meditation training on cognitive and affective function, a non-clinical group of 20 novice meditators were tested before and after participation in a 10-day intensive mindfulness meditation retreat. They were evaluated with self-report scales measuring mindfulness, rumination and affect, as well as performance tasks assessing working memory, sustained attention, and attention switching. Results indicated that those completing the mindfulness training demonstrated significant improvements in self-reported mindfulness, depressive symptoms, rumination, and performance measures of working memory and sustained attention, relative to a comparison group who did not undergo any meditation training. This study suggests future directions for the elucidation of the critical processes that underlie the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness-based interventions.


MindfulnessMeditationExecutive cognitionAttentionRuminationWorking memoryDepression

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