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Mindfulness training for better learning
Department of Psychology,
University of Glasgow.
This page is about whether / how mindfulness training (MT) (i.e. meditation
exercises) can help HE students learn better.
This is an important possibility that I learned about from Siobhan Lynch in
Southampton staff page
private web site
for more links to her.
If the benefits are established, then the big implementation issue is how
to roll out MT for big numbers of students.
- Who should pay?
- Do you do it face to face (small class sizes, necessarily significant
- Or online somehow?
Published papers on educational benefits of MT
For many of the papers below I've given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
as a link. Clicking on it should take you straight to the paper IF
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- Barbosa,P., Raymond,G., Zlotnick,C., James Wilk,J., Toomey,R.,
& Mitchell,J. (2013)
"Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training is Associated with Greater
Empathy and Reduced Anxiety for Graduate Healthcare Students"
Education for Health: Change in Learning & Practice
vol.26 no.1 pp.9-14 [doi:10.4103/1357-6283.112794]
- de Vibe,M., Solhaug,I., Tyssen,R., Friborg,O., Rosenvinge,J.H.,
& Sorlie,T. (2013)
"Mindfulness training for stress management: a randomised controlled study of
medical and psychology students"
BMC Medical Education vol.13 paper.107
- Greenberg J, Reiner K, Meiran N (2012)
"'Mind the Trap': Mindfulness Practice Reduces Cognitive Rigidity"
PLoS ONE Vol.7 no.5 e36206
- Lauricella,S. (2013)
- Lynch, S., Gander, M.L., Kohls, N., Kudielka, B. and Walach, H. (2011)
"Mindfulness-based Coping with University Life: A Non-randomized
Wait-list-controlled Pilot Evaluation"
Stress and Health vol.27 no.5 pp.365-375
- Lynch (2013)
in Higher Education: It's a Win-Win Situation"
Proc. Enhancement and innovation in Higher Education conf. 11-13 June 2013 Glasgow.
- Mrazek,M.D., Franklin,M.S., Phillips,D.T., Baird,B. & Schooler,J.W.
"Mindfulness Training Improves Working Memory Capacity and GRE Performance
While Reducing Mind Wandering"
Psychological Science vol.24 no.5 pp.776-781
- Regehr,C., Glancy,D., & Pitts,A. (2013)
"Interventions to reduce stress in university students: A review and
meta-analysis" Journal of Affective Disorders vol.148 pp.1-11
- Reid,D.T. "Teaching mindfulness to occupational therapy students:
Pilot evaluation of an online curriculum"
Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy vol.80 no.1 pp.42-48
- Sirois,F.M. (2014)
"Procrastination and Stress: Exploring the Role of Self-compassion"
Self and Identity Vol.13 No.2 pp.128-145
- Gishen, F., Lynch, S., Gill, D., Jawad, S.,
& Peters, D. (2018)
Medical Student Resilience: a symposium approach
Clinical Teacher vol.15 no.1 pp.1-3
- Lynch, S., Gander, M. L., Nahar, A., Kohls, N., & Walach, H. (2018)
Mindfulness-Based Coping With University Life:
A Randomized Wait-List Controlled Study
SAGE Open vol.8 no.1 pp.1-7
A student wiki page on MT and education
A student wiki page on mindfulness
including DIY exercises
her on mindfulness and students
Lynch (2013) paper
Mindfulness for HE Students Network
UK Network for
Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations
"Lecture 10: Western Research on Mindfulness and
Critique" podcast by Eleanor Rosch
Kirk Warren Brown , Richard M. Ryan & J. David Creswell (2007)
"Mindfulness: Theoretical Foundations and Evidence for its Salutary Effects"
Psychological Inquiry: An International Journal for the Advancement of
Psychological Theory vol.18 no.4 pp.211-237
[Target paper for discussion, on mindfulness]
Mindfulness training for better learning (2)
In 2018 I am taking another look at whether mindfulness (MFM) has any specific
contribution to make to learning.
Many students use MFM to alleviate anxiety and stress, including specifically
There have been claims that MF also contributes to learning.
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