Computational modelling approaches to meditation research: Why should we care?

van Vugt, M., Moye, A. & Sivakumar, S., 3-Nov-2018, In : Current Opinion in Psychology. 28, p. 49-53 5 p.

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Computational modeling and meditation are not frequently mentioned in the same breath. However, in this article we argue that computational modeling can provide insights into the mechanisms by which meditation produces its effects on cognition. Moreover, computational modeling allows the researcher to make predictions about how effects of meditation will generalize to other contexts such as other tasks, which can be tested in subsequent experiments. In addition, computational theories can help to clarify similarities and differences between meditation practices, which is crucial for mapping out the space of contemplative practices. In short, even though computational modeling has not yet been used extensively, we think this approach can make important contributions to the field of meditation research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-53
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Early online date3-Nov-2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3-Nov-2018


  • meditation, computational modeling, mindfulness, Cognitive modeling

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