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Mechanisms of mindfulness: the role of feedback from the body.

Morgan, R.; (2007) Mechanisms of mindfulness: the role of feedback from the body. Doctoral thesis , University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to provide a comprehensive review and evaluation of the psychological literature pertaining to mechanisms of mindfulness meditation. Mechanisms explored include meta-cognitive change, exposure, acceptance, relaxation, self management and changes in body-state feedback. A number of different methodological approaches have been used to explore these mechanisms. Examples of each approach are explored and limitations described. The vast majority of research into mindfulness has focused on treatment outcome studies which reveal little about what mechanisms are activated by mindfulness meditation. Other approaches have yielded some preliminary support for each of the proposed mechanisms although this support is methodologically weak. It is argued that there have been few direct tests of these mechanims and that this is a priority for future mindfulness research.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Mechanisms of mindfulness: the role of feedback from the body.
Identifier: PQ ETD:592167
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Third party copyright material and sensitive information have been removed from the ethesis
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1444857
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