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ERIC Number: EJ863825
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
Mindfulness as a Potential Intervention for Stimulus Over-Selectivity in Older Adults
McHugh, Louise; Simpson, Anna; Reed, Phil
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v31 n1 p178-184 Jan-Feb 2010
Ageing is related to significant declines in cognitive functioning. This effect can have a serious impact on the physical and psychological health of older adults as well as their quality of life. One phenomenon linked to cognitive deficits, particularly attention, that has been demonstrated to emerge with ageing is over-selectivity. Over-selectivity occurs when behavior is controlled by a limited number of stimuli in the environment. Mindfulness is a construct that specifically targets attention and awareness of the present moment. The current study aimed to remediate over-selectivity in an elderly population by means of a focused attention/mindfulness induction. The results of this study indicated that the level of emergent over-selectivity in an elderly population was significantly reduced after a focused attention induction when compared to an unfocused attention induction. The findings are discussed in terms of the efficacy of mindfulness training in reducing over-selectivity. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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