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PresenceHow Mindfulness and Meditation Shape Your Brain, Mind, and Life$
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Paul Verhaeghen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199395606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199395606.001.0001

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From Monkey Mind to Monk’s Mind

From Monkey Mind to Monk’s Mind

Mindfulness Practice and Attention

(p.95) 5 From Monkey Mind to Monk’s Mind

Paul Verhaeghen

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews studies that investigate the effects of mindfulness practice on attention under a number of guises: The effects of meditation on controlling attention, nonjudgmental alterting, the limits of perception, sustained attention, and the stability of attention. It investigates whether the effects are really due to changes in attention per se or to changes in effort. It reviews work on mindfulness and proprioception and interoception (awareness of the breath and of heart rate, body awareness, awareness of how emotion inscribes itself into the body, and sensitivity to signals of sexual arousal), timekeeping, and other aspects of cognition. It also examines what is known about meditation and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Keywords:   sustained attention, mindfulness, meditation, ADHD, proprioception, interoception, timekeeping

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