The effects of mindfulness meditation training on multitasking in a high-stress information environment

David M. Levy, Jacob O. Wobbrock, Alfred W. Kaszniak, Marilyn Ostergren

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We describe an experiment to determine the effects of meditation training on the multitasking behavior of knowledge workers. Three groups each of 12-15 human resources personnel were tested: (1) those who underwent an 8-week training course on mindfulness-based meditation, (2) those who endured a wait period, were tested, and then underwent the same 8-week training, and (3) those who had 8-weeks of training in body relaxation. We found that only those trained in meditation stayed on tasks longer and made fewer task switches, as well as reporting less negative emotion after task performance, as compared with the other two groups. In addition, both the meditation and the relaxation groups showed improved memory for the tasks they performed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Graphics Interface 2012
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2012
Event38th Graphics Interface Conference, GI 2012 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: May 28 2012May 30 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings - Graphics Interface
ISSN (Print)0713-5424


Other38th Graphics Interface Conference, GI 2012
CityToronto, ON


  • Attention
  • H.1.2. [models and principles]: User/machine systems - Human information procesing
  • Information
  • Interruption
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Multitasking
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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