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How do people conceptualise mindfulness?

Haddock, Geoffrey ORCID:, Foad, Colin M.G. ORCID: and Thorne, Sapphira ORCID: 2022. How do people conceptualise mindfulness? Royal Society Open Science 9 (3) 10.1098/rsos.211366

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While the concept of mindfulness is ubiquitous, its meaning is ambiguous, with limited knowledge about how it is understood by the general public. Understanding how laypeople perceive mindfulness and mindful people is vital, as it will impact how people interpret and act upon information about mindfulness and mindfulness practices. Study 1 participants evaluated the term mindfulness positively, while Study 2 participants perceived a mindful target positively and as strongly endorsing self-transcendence values (e.g. equality). Study 3 participants learned about an unknown target who was mindful or not. The mindful target was evaluated more positively than the less-mindful target and seen as endorsing different values. Most effects in Studies 1–3 were stronger among more mindful participants. Study 4 assessed visual representations of mindful and less-mindful faces. Visual representations of a mindful face were judged by naive raters as more likeable, possessing higher self-transcendence values and performing more moral behaviours compared with a less-mindful face. The results suggest that how people interpret mindfulness has important consequences and can be used to guide how mindfulness is implemented in response to global challenges.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Additional Information: Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License
Publisher: The Royal Society
ISSN: 2054-5703
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 March 2022
Date of Acceptance: 28 February 2022
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 00:18

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