n this article we are focusing on the use of Mindfulness techniques in Schools. It is a strategy and technique that is growing in popularity and one that is scientifically proven to bring about benefits, in particular in relation to depression.
Recent research, however, contradicts the benefits of Mindfulness.
Controversial Research Regarding Mindfulness and Exams
Mindfulness in schools is becoming more and more popular today.
Mindfulness is the preferred terminology for some people instead of the word meditation and a word that young people are more likely to respond to than ‘meditation.’ It originates from Eastern Buddhist traditions and is popular today for managing anxiety, depression, stress relief as well as general mental and physical well-being.
Celebrities endorsing Mindfulness include Davina McCall, Angelina Jolie and Oprah Winfrey.
A recent research published in Psychological Science however, suggests that Mindfulness may not be suitable in preparation for exams.
Brent Wilson, a psychologist at the University of California, San Diego, said: “Our results highlight an unintended consequence of mindfulness meditation: memories may be less accurate….. When memories of imagined and real experiences too closely resemble each other, people can have difficulty determining which is which, and this can lead to falsely remembering imagined experiences as actual experiences.”
There is a mixed response to this research, which contrasts starkly with previous research on the benefits of Mindfulness.
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