Attentional and affective concomitants of meditation: A cross-sectional study

Richard J. Davidson, Daniel J. Goleman, Gary E. Schwartz

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Explored differences in attentional absorption and trait anxiety in 58 undergraduates divided into 4 groups: (a) controls who were interested in but did not practice meditation, (b) beginners who had meditated for 1 mo or less, (c) short-term meditators who regularly practiced for 1-24 mos, and (d) long-term meditators who practiced for more than 2 yrs. Ss were administered the Shor Personal Experiences Questionnaire (PEQ), the Tellegen Absorption Scale (TAS), and the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) in trait form. As predicted, significant increases in the PEQ and TAS and significant decrements in the STAI were observed from controls through long-term meditators. This pattern, associated with the practice of meditation (i.e., decrements in trait anxiety and increments in the capacity to attend), is consistent with physiological data indicating that meditation is associated with decrements in autonomic arousal and increments in cortical responsivity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-238
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1976


  • time length of meditation practice, attentional absorption & trait anxiety, college students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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