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Neurophysiological support for enhanced attentional processing through the practice of mindfulness

Adel, Y. van den (2015) Neurophysiological support for enhanced attentional processing through the practice of mindfulness.

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Abstract:In this study it is examined whether participating in the Mindfulness Bases Stress Reduction (MBSR) training is enhancing attention processing. The electroencephalogram (EEG) of 32 participants was measured before and after MBSR and analyzed through the Lateralized Power Spectra (LPS). Both between- and within group results have been analyzed. It was expected that the enhanced attentional processing would be revealed by increased ipsilateral α and θ power compared to contralateral power. Results on the α-bands revealed increased ipsilateral α-power compared to contralateral α-power in both analyses. In the within group analysis on the θ2-band unexpected decrease of ipsilateral power compared to contralateral power was found. On the θ3-band increased ipsilateral power has been visible in the between group analysis. Overall, the results indicate a positive effect of mindfulness on attentional processing.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68582
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