Presentation Title: Meditation training with adolescents: impacts on emotional and cognitive well-being.

Section: Morals and Motivations I

Location: , 303

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 10:15am - 10:30am


An adolescent’s experience shapes their brain and impacts future emotional and cognitive functioning.  This study explored the hypotheses that adolescents taught meditation will show improvements in their emotional well-being and cognitive skills.  Thirty male and female participants (aged 16 to18) enrolled at Mt. Abe High School, Bristol, VT were assessed on measures of mindfulness, anxiety, mood, and on cognitive tests of verbal fluency, problem solving and attention.  Some students underwent a 9 week meditation training while others did not.  After training, students were assessed again.  The findings may suggest an impact of meditation on emotional measures; but, no impact of meditation on cognition was seen.   The findings also revealed significant methodological considerations for implementing meditation training in adolescent populations:  short, guided meditation trainings will be most successful with a teenage population.   When implemented successfully, meditation may help sculpt a healthy emotional brain in adolescents. 

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Neuroscience

Presentation Topic: Education

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Presenter(s): Lesenskyj, Alexandra Maria (Alexa)
Major(s): Neuroscience
Class Year(s): 2014

Sponsor(s): Cronise, Kim
Dept(s): Psychology and Neuroscience

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