Original Article

Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 303-322

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

  • Richard ChambersAffiliated withUniversity of Melbourne
  • , Barbara Chuen Yee LoAffiliated withUniversity of Melbourne
  • , Nicholas B. AllenAffiliated withUniversity of MelbourneORYGEN Research Centre and Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne Email author 

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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.


Mindfulness Meditation Executive cognition Attention Rumination Working memory Depression