Abstract Title:

The Impact of Mindfulness Meditation on the Wandering Mind: a Systematic Review.

Abstract Source:

Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2021 Sep 21 ;131:313-330. Epub 2021 Sep 21. PMID: 34560133

Abstract Author(s):

Susanna Feruglio, Alessio Matiz, Giuseppe Pagnoni, Franco Fabbro, Cristiano Crescentini

Article Affiliation:

Susanna Feruglio


Through the practice of Mindfulness Meditation (MM), meditators become familiar with the observation of ongoing spontaneous thoughts, while maintaining an attitude of openness and equanimity. The aim of this systematic review is to present a synthesis of available findings of the short and long-term effects of MM on mind wandering (MW). We included studies that considered both first-person and behavioral/physiological measures of MW. The search resulted in 2035 papers, 24 of which were eligible. Reviewed studies revealed a high heterogeneity in designs, outcome measures and interventions. Most of the pre-post intervention studies showed that a protracted practice of MM (at least 2 weeks) reduced MW, limiting its negative effects on different cognitive tasks. Cross-sectional studies highlighted differences between expert meditators and naïve individuals: meditators self-reported less MW and showed decreased Default Mode Network activity, during meditation and resting-state. Further studies are needed to replicate available findings and to more deeply explore how MW is influenced by meditation, also considering its qualitative characteristics that remain largely unexplored.

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