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Mindfulness in education : the impact of mental training on attention and working memory in children

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Mindfulness in education : the impact of mental training on attention and working memory in children

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dc.contributor.author Keller, Julia
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-27T21:06:01Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-27T21:06:01Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-27
dc.date.submitted July 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20987
dc.description.abstract Mindfulness (MF) is the self-regulation of attention, including sustained attention, switching attention between tasks, and the inhibition of elaborative processing. Another type of attentional skill not specifically targeted in this definition, but that might benefit from MF training, is control over working memory (WM), a type of executive attention: the ability to use attention to maintain or suppress short-term representations of information. Greater WM capacity also means an increased ability to use attention to overcome distraction and is predictive of performance on higher-order cognitive tasks. In this study, I hypothesized that, after eleven weeks of MF training, participants would have improved scores in attention and WM, compared to a control group. Eight elementary classrooms from an urban Title I school in the southwestern United States participated. Four classroom teachers were trained on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and on teaching MF practices in their classrooms. Four teachers were assigned as control classrooms. Pre-, middle- and post-measures were collected from students on attention and WM span. Results tentatively indicate that MF improves attention switching, divided attention, and WM processing. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject mindfulness, attention, children en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Attention in children.
dc.subject.lcsh Memory in children.
dc.subject.lcsh Short-term memory.
dc.subject.lcsh Executive functions (Neuropsychology)
dc.subject.lcsh Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
dc.title Mindfulness in education : the impact of mental training on attention and working memory in children en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Psychology en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Psychology en_US
dc.description.advisor Ruthruff, Eric
dc.description.committee-member Smith, Bruce
dc.description.committee-member Butler, Karin


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