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Mind the Hype: A Critical Evaluation and Prescriptive Agenda for Research on Mindfulness and Meditation

Overview of attention for article published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, October 2017
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#4 of 693)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (97th percentile)

Mentioned by

news
47 news outlets
blogs
8 blogs
twitter
375 tweeters
facebook
32 Facebook pages
wikipedia
1 Wikipedia page
googleplus
2 Google+ users
reddit
5 Redditors
video
1 video uploader

Citations

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47 Dimensions

Readers on

mendeley
502 Mendeley
Title
Mind the Hype: A Critical Evaluation and Prescriptive Agenda for Research on Mindfulness and Meditation
Published in
Perspectives on Psychological Science, October 2017
DOI 10.1177/1745691617709589
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Authors

Nicholas T. Van Dam, Marieke K. van Vugt, David R. Vago, Laura Schmalzl, Clifford D. Saron, Andrew Olendzki, Ted Meissner, Sara W. Lazar, Catherine E. Kerr, Jolie Gorchov, Kieran C. R. Fox, Brent A. Field, Willoughby B. Britton, Julie A. Brefczynski-Lewis, David E. Meyer

Abstract

During the past two decades, mindfulness meditation has gone from being a fringe topic of scientific investigation to being an occasional replacement for psychotherapy, tool of corporate well-being, widely implemented educational practice, and "key to building more resilient soldiers." Yet the mindfulness movement and empirical evidence supporting it have not gone without criticism. Misinformation and poor methodology associated with past studies of mindfulness may lead public consumers to be harmed, misled, and disappointed. Addressing such concerns, the present article discusses the difficulties of defining mindfulness, delineates the proper scope of research into mindfulness practices, and explicates crucial methodological issues for interpreting results from investigations of mindfulness. For doing so, the authors draw on their diverse areas of expertise to review the present state of mindfulness research, comprehensively summarizing what we do and do not know, while providing a prescriptive agenda for contemplative science, with a particular focus on assessment, mindfulness training, possible adverse effects, and intersection with brain imaging. Our goals are to inform interested scientists, the news media, and the public, to minimize harm, curb poor research practices, and staunch the flow of misinformation about the benefits, costs, and future prospects of mindfulness meditation.

Twitter Demographics

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Unknown 499 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 110 22%
Researcher 79 16%
Student > Master 77 15%
Student > Bachelor 51 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 42 8%
Other 143 28%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 222 44%
Unspecified 62 12%
Social Sciences 50 10%
Neuroscience 37 7%
Medicine and Dentistry 33 7%
Other 98 20%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 700. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 October 2018.
All research outputs
#6,385
of 12,002,905 outputs
Outputs from Perspectives on Psychological Science
#4
of 693 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#352
of 273,660 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Perspectives on Psychological Science
#1
of 45 outputs
Altmetric has tracked 12,002,905 research outputs across all sources so far. Compared to these this one has done particularly well and is in the 99th percentile: it's in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
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