Mindfulness Meditation Reduces Implicit Age and Race Bias: The Role of Reduced Automaticity of Responding

Adam Lueke, Bryan Gibson

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Abstract

Research has shown that mindfulness can positively affect peoples’ lives in a number of ways, including relying less on previously established associations. We focused on the impact of mindfulness on implicit age and racial bias as measured by implicit association tests (IATs). Participants listened to either a mindfulness or a control audio and then completed the race and age IATs. Mindfulness meditation caused an increase in state mindfulness and a decrease in implicit race and age bias. Analyses using the Quad Model showed that this reduction was due to weaker automatically activated associations on the IATs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-291
Number of pages8
JournalSocial Psychological and Personality Science
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 16 2015

Keywords

  • implicit attitudes
  • implicit bias
  • mindfulness meditation
  • prejudice

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