Brief mindfulness meditation reduces discrimination
Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2016
Source ID: shanti-sources-68771
Collection: Mindfulness, Diversity, and Social Justice
Abstract: Recent research has demonstrated that mindfulness meditation reduces implicit race and age bias by weakening the associations of the target group with negative constructs. The current research examined the potential for mindfulness to also affect discriminatory behavior. Participants listened to either a 10-min mindfulness audio or a control audio before playing a game in which they interacted with partners of different races in a simulation and decided how much they trusted them with their money. Results indicated that the mindfulness condition exhibited significantly less discrimination in the Trust Game than did either of the 2 control conditions. The implications and importance of mindfulness meditation in alleviating bias are discussed.