Mindfulness Training Improves Working Memory Capacity and GRE Performance While Reducing Mind Wandering

  title={Mindfulness Training Improves Working Memory Capacity and GRE Performance While Reducing Mind Wandering},
  author={Michael D. Mrazek and Michael S. Franklin and Dawa T. Phillips and Benjamin Baird and Jonathan W. Schooler},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={776 - 781}
Given that the ability to attend to a task without distraction underlies performance in a wide variety of contexts, training one’s ability to stay on task should result in a similarly broad enhancement of performance. In a randomized controlled investigation, we examined whether a 2-week mindfulness-training course would decrease mind wandering and improve cognitive performance. Mindfulness training improved both GRE reading-comprehension scores and working memory capacity while simultaneously… 

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