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Mindfulness reduces the correspondence bias

Hopthrow, Tim, Hooper, Nic, Mahmood, Lynsey, Meier, Brian P. and Weger, Ulrich 2017. Mindfulness reduces the correspondence bias. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 70 (3) , pp. 351-360. 10.1080/17470218.2016.1149498

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The correspondence bias (CB) refers to the idea that people sometimes give undue weight to dispositional rather than situational factors when explaining behaviours and attitudes. Three experiments examined whether mindfulness, a non-judgmental focus on the present moment, could reduce the CB. Participants engaged in a brief mindfulness exercise (the raisin task), a control task, or an attention to detail task before completing a typical CB measure involving an attitude-attribution paradigm. The results indicated that participants in the mindfulness condition experienced a significant reduction in the CB compared to participants in the control or attention to detail conditions. These results suggest that mindfulness training can play a unique role in reducing social biases related to person perception.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1747-0218
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 10:45

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