Cognitive Science of Meditation

Cognitive Science of Meditation
Sneha Kedia
Moscow time

Research on meditation has been rising in the past decades. Mindfulness interventions have been applied to new settings such as schools, workplaces and military. Research studies claim that meditation leads to cognitive enhancement and helps with psychotic disorders. Studies support underlying cognitive benefits such as improved visual search, inhibitory control, executive control, meta-awareness, sustained attention and decrease in mind-wandering. Yet, these interventions can trigger benign and adverse effects based on psychological history of individuals. The different forms of meditation have different effects and hence meditation cannot be used as an umbrella term. The discussion will focus on the cognitive aspects of mindfulness and meditation.