Loving-kindness and compassion-focused meditations are increasingly integrated into psychological practice. Furthermore, scholars discuss ethical dimensions of secular mindfulness programmes. So, what is the scientific evidence about the prosocial effects of meditation? I review four meta-analyses that investigate whether meditation increases kind and compassionate emotions and behaviours, or increase our pro-sociality, as psychological science would say. […]
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Systematic reviews aggregate the available evidence regarding one research question, while meta-analyses provide a statistical estimate that tells if there is a significant effect and how large this effect is. For anyone who offers treatments, interventions, coaching or training programmes, systematic reviews and meta-analyses offer invaluable insights for ensuring robust, evidence-based work.
Mindfulness-based approaches are meanwhile also used in sports. First evidence suggests that mindfulness might help athletes. However, the jury is still out whether this really is the case. On top of it, until now science does not tell what factors might contribute to potential benefits. Why should mindfulness help athletes? One line of argument emphasises […]
Mindfulness-based approaches came to prominence because of holding promise for a variety of mental and physical health conditions, such as chronic pain, stress, recurrent depression, anxiety disorders etc. More recently, mindfulness also started to be used for treating eating disorders. There are several reasons why mindfulness may be beneficial for the treatment and management of […]
Several reviews have attempted to assess the overall effectiveness of existing mindful eating programmes for a wide range of eating-related health outcomes. Some key reviews are listed below. Mindfulness for binge eating Godfrey, K. M., Gallo, L. C., & Afari, N. (2015). Mindfulness-based interventions for binge eating: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Behavioral […]