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Experimental Psychology (Russia)

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2072-7593

ISSN (online): 2311-7036

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/exppsy

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Short-term effects of an online mindfulness meditation intervention 445

Osin E.N.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3330-5647
e-mail: evgeny.n.osin@gmail.com

Turilina I.I.
M.Sc. in Psychology, Graduate of the Department of Psychology, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1742-709X
e-mail: bryankina.ir@yandex.ru

Abstract
The paper presents the results of a validation of an online intervention comprising a three-week course in mindfulness meditation with daily guided meditation sessions. The study used a randomised wait-list control group design with a pre-test and a post-test. Dependent variables included indicators of emotional and psychological well-being, reflective processes, self-control and self-regulation. Participants were anonymous volunteers recruited via social networks (N = 206; with N = 56 in the experimental group and N = 44 in the control group after dropout). The results indicate that taking part in a mindfulness meditation intervention is associated with higher emotional well-being, reduction of non-productive reflection (rumination), development of self-determination, self-motivation, self-relaxation, cognitive self-control and activity concentration skills. At the same time, participants who dropped out had different self-control and affective self-control scores at pre-test. The findings indicate that regular mindfulness meditation sessions as part of an online intervention develop self-regulation skills in individuals whose self-control is sufficiently high in order to adhere to a regular meditation schedule.

Keywords: mindfulness meditation, intervention test, self-regulation, self-control

Column: Psychology of States

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/exppsy.2020130104

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Funding

This work was supported by Russian Science Foundation, project № 16-18-10439.

Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to Alexander Turilin for technical support.

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