Title

Investigating the Relationship Between Mindfulness Meditation and Emotional Regulation

Abstract

Mindfulness practice has been an important component of Eastern religious tradition for centuries. Only recently has it been recognized by Western clinical psychologists as an effective treatment for mood and anxiety disorders. Among its theorized benefits are stress reduction, decreased symptoms of psychopathology, increased emotion regulation skills and subjective well-being. Because mindfulness is a relatively new and unexplored intervention, the cognitive mechanisms responsible for its beneficial effects remain unclear. Evidence indicates that mindfulness increases one’s willingness to tolerate uncomfortable emotions and engage in emotional reappraisal. With research connecting mindfulness meditation to enhanced reappraisal skills, we hypothesize that brief mindfulness interventions enhance reframing skills and lead to lower levels of negative emotion following a distressing film clip. This research aims to improve and streamline clinical intervention of mindfulness meditation.

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Tom Armstrong

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Psychology

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Body and Mind

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Olin 157

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Investigating the Relationship Between Mindfulness Meditation and Emotional Regulation

Olin 157

Mindfulness practice has been an important component of Eastern religious tradition for centuries. Only recently has it been recognized by Western clinical psychologists as an effective treatment for mood and anxiety disorders. Among its theorized benefits are stress reduction, decreased symptoms of psychopathology, increased emotion regulation skills and subjective well-being. Because mindfulness is a relatively new and unexplored intervention, the cognitive mechanisms responsible for its beneficial effects remain unclear. Evidence indicates that mindfulness increases one’s willingness to tolerate uncomfortable emotions and engage in emotional reappraisal. With research connecting mindfulness meditation to enhanced reappraisal skills, we hypothesize that brief mindfulness interventions enhance reframing skills and lead to lower levels of negative emotion following a distressing film clip. This research aims to improve and streamline clinical intervention of mindfulness meditation.

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