Attention regulation and monitoring in meditation

Antoine Lutz*, Heleen A. Slagter, John D. Dunne, Richard J. Davidson

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Abstract

Meditation can be conceptualized as a family of complex emotional and attentional regulatory training regimes developed for various ends, including the cultivation of well-being and emotional balance. Among these various practices, there are two styles that are commonly studied. One style, focused attention meditation, entails the voluntary focusing of attention on a chosen object. The other style, open monitoring meditation, involves nonreactive monitoring of the content of experience from moment to moment. The potential regulatory functions of these practices on attention and emotion processes could have a long-term impact on the brain and behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-169
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes

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