Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 303–322 | Cite as

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

  • Richard Chambers
  • Barbara Chuen Yee Lo
  • Nicholas B. AllenEmail author
Original Article


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 



The authors would like to acknowledge the staff and volunteers at Dhamma Aloka Vipassana Centre in Woori Yallock, Victoria, Australia, whose support was instrumental in being able to conduct this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Chambers
    • 1
  • Barbara Chuen Yee Lo
    • 1
  • Nicholas B. Allen
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.ORYGEN Research Centre and Department of PsychologyUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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