Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Evaluating the Effects of Compound Stimuli on Incompatible Selection Responses in Verbal Adults: Implications for the Concept of Mindfulness
by Maixner, Megan M., Ph.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2017, 51; 10279431
Abstract (Summary)

Mindfulness-based interventions are becoming increasingly popular with clinicians and researchers. While there is a rapidly increasing number of mindfulness-based intervention outcomes reported in scientific journals of medicine and psychology (Burke, 2010; Krasner, 2004), the descriptions and definitions of mindfulness are not entirely consistent across investigators (Brown, Ryan, & Creswell, 2007; Williams, 2010), and do not lend themselves to scientific analysis (Hayes & Shenk, 2004). A behavior-analytic approach to this subject may provide the foundation for a scientific analysis of mindfulness phenomena. For example, Diller and Lattal (2008) suggested that mindful behavior might be shaped by the methods that Ray (1969) used to demonstrate the acquisition of selective attention with rhesus monkeys. Thus, the present investigation replicated the methods used by Ray (1969) with verbally sophisticated human participants and discusses the findings as they relate to a behavior analytic interpretation of mindfulness phenomena.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schlinger, Henry D.
Commitee: Carlson, Eric, Tarbox, Jonathan J.
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Applied Behavioral Analysis
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Behavioral Sciences
Keywords: Attention, Behavior analysis, Mindfulness, Selective-attention
Publication Number: 10279431
ISBN: 978-1-369-74905-2
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