Meditation as an intervention in stress reactivity

Daniel J. Goleman, Gary E. Schwartz

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Compared the ability of meditation and relaxation to reduce stress reactions in a laboratory threat situation. 60 18-31 yr old Ss, 30 experienced mediators and 30 controls, either mediated or relaxed with eyes closed or open and then watched a stressor film. Stress response was assessed by phasic skin conductance, heart rate, self-report, and personality scale (State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Affect Adjective Check List, and Activity Preference Questionnaire). Meditators and the meditation condition habituated heart rate and phasic skin conductance responses more quickly to the stressor impacts and experienced less subjective anxiety. Meditation can produce a psychophysiological configuration in stress situations opposite to that seen in stress-related syndromes. Research is indicated on clinical applications and on the process whereby meditation state effects may become meditator traits. (33 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)456-466
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1976


  • meditation &
  • relaxation, reduction of stress reactions in laboratory threat situation, 18-31 yr old experienced meditators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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