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Control over experience? Magnitude of the attentional blink depends on meditative state

Van Vugt, M. K. & Slagter, H. A., Jan-2014, In : Consciousness and Cognition. 23, 1, p. 32-39 8 p.

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The information processing capacity of the human mind is limited, as is evidenced by the so-called 'attentional-blink' deficit. This deficit is believed to result from competition between stimuli for limited attentional resources. We examined to what extent advanced meditators can manipulate their attentional state and control performance on an attentional blink task. We compared the magnitude of the attentional blink between states of focused attention meditation (in which one focuses tightly on an object) and states of open monitoring meditation (in which one is simply aware of whatever comes into experience) in a sample of experienced meditators. We found a smaller attentional blink during open monitoring compared to focused attention meditation due to reduced T1 capture. Of note, this effect was only found for very experienced meditators (on average 10,704 h of experience). These data may suggest that very advanced practitioners can exert some control over their conscious experience. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-39
Number of pages8
JournalConsciousness and Cognition
Volume23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2014

    Keywords

  • Meditation, Attentional blink, SERIAL VISUAL PRESENTATION, INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES, DISTRACTOR INHIBITION, TEMPORAL ATTENTION, TASK, INFORMATION, TIME

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