, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 114-122
Date: 15 Feb 2011

Mindfulness and Video Game Play: A Preliminary Inquiry

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Introduction

Mindfulness is a property of consciousness which is beginning to receive considerable attention from psychologists. It has been described as a non-elaborative, non-judgmental, present-centered awareness where all thoughts and feeling are acknowledged and accepted (Bishop et al. 2004). In a state of mindfulness, attention is regulated such that increased awareness is brought to the current field of thoughts, feelings, and sensations, in addition to be immersed non-judgmentally in the present moment. This state of mind promotes a state of increased psychological acceptance which is the key therapeutic benefit of mindfulness when used to treat problems of anger, stress, or even pain (Tusaie & Edds 2009; Wright, Day & Howells 2009).

Eastern meditative traditions suggest that being present to the moment is the foundational idea in the development of consciousness (Holzel & Ott 2006). This function of conscious attention has recently been focused upon by Western psychologists who ...