Psychology of Meditation

Nirbhay N. Singh (Editor)
Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia, USA

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: PSY013000

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Our understanding of the nature and applications of meditation, especially mindfulness meditation, has been expanding almost as rapidly as the empirical evidence from neuroscience and intervention studies that have become available in the research literature. Meditation is centuries old and prevalent in almost all ancient cultures in one form or another. Initially, people in the West were enamored by its spiritual promise of personal transformation, but now a larger portion is attracted to mindfulness meditation (<i>Vipassana</i> or insight meditation) because of the promise of enhanced physical and mental wellbeing. Indeed, research shows that engaging in a daily practice of meditation for 20 to 30 minutes a day over 8 weeks produces new neural networks in the brain, attesting to observable calmness and clarity of perception.

This book brings together a diverse group of experts who collectively provide a nuanced view of meditation from a variety of perspectives. This book offers a single-source authoritative guide to an ancient practice that is coming into its own in the Western world.
(Imprint: Nova)

Preface

About the Editor

About the Contributors

Chapter 1. Meditation: Nature and Applications
Nirbhay N. Singh (Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia, USA)

Chapter 2. Measuring Mindfulness
Benjamin D. Hill and Elise E. Labbé (University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA)

Chapter 3. Meditation Attitude
William L. Mikulas (University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida, USA)

Chapter 4. Eastern and Western Perspectives on Meditation
Sonia Suchday, Sarah Jo Mayson, Jaclyn Klepper, Hilary Meyer and Maria Dziok (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, Bronx, New York, USA, and others)

Chapter 5. Neuroanthropology of Meditation Across Cultures
Charles D. Laughlin (Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Chapter 6. A Neuroscientific Perspective on Meditation
Adi Maron-Katz, Eti Ben-Simon, Haggai Sharon, Michal Gruberger and Dean Cvetkovic (Functional Brain Center, Wohl Institute for Advanced Imaging, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, and Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel, and others)

Chapter 7. Vipassana, Insight and Intuition: Seeing Things as They Are
Fabio Giommi and Henk Barendregt (Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and others)

Chapter 8. Attention, Consciousness and Mindfulness in Meditation
Antonino Raffone, Narayanan Srinivasan and Henk P. Barendregt (Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, and others)

Chapter 9. Mindfulness and Memory
Eyal Rosenstreich (Peres Academic Center, Rehovot, Israel)

Chapter 10. Meditation, Mindfulness and Executive Functions in Children and Adolescents
S. Kenneth Thurman and Benjamin M. Torsney (Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Chapter 11. Mindfulness Meditation in Developmental Disabilities
Rachel E. Myers, Alan S.W. Winton, Giulio E. Lancioni and Nirbhay N. Singh (Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA, and others)

Chapter 12. Mindful Occupational Engagement
Monica Moore Jackman (American Health and Wellness Institute, Port Saint Lucie, Florida, USA)

Chapter 13. Mindfulness in Organizations
Jochen Reb and Ellen Choi (Singapore Management University, Singapore, and others)

Chapter 14. Mindfulness Meditation and Addictive Behaviors
Claire E. Adams, Whitney L. Heppner, Sean Houchins, Diana W. Stewart, Jennifer I. Vidrine and David W. Wetter (Department of Psychology, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA, and others)

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