Brief Meditation and the Interaction between Emotional Interference and Anxiety

Carolina Baptista Menezes, Mirtes G. Pereira, Izabela Mocaiber, Lisiane Bizarro
2016 Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa  
This pilot study assessed the effects of a five day focused meditation training on the interplay between emotional interference and anxiety in a non clinical sample randomized into two groups (experimental=13; control=18). Emotional interference was indexed comparing the reaction times in an attention span task with negative or neutral distracting images. Anxiety experienced during the task was also assessed through self-report. Only in the control group higher anxiety levels interacted with
more » ... ater emotional interference and a worse evaluation of valence and arousal of emotional images. These preliminary findings suggest that meditation may help modulating anxiety effects on bias to negative stimuli, and that even a short training may facilitate self-regulatory processes.
doi:10.1590/0102-3772e322216 fatcat:e2jc25ywang4li6ulfpjdl2b4u