Is Meditation Good For You? Positives Overstated In Scientific Studies, Meta-Study Finds
The following is an excerpt from HIMANSHU GOENKA | February 5, 2018 | ibtimes.com |
The idea of meditation is often thought about in the same breath as that of a Zen-like state of mind that looks at the world calmly and treats others in it with more compassion. This view, which has been promoted by teachers and practitioners alike, also found support from some scientific studies that meditation, did in fact, have an overall positive influence on people’s behavior.
But a new meta-study, which looked at over 20 such studies — on the impact of meditation on people’s sense of compassion and other such attributes — found the positive effects were overstated in the studies, likely a result of biases and methodological weaknesses. The new analysis found meditation “played no significant role in reducing aggression or prejudice or improving how socially-connected someone was.”
Researchers from New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom published a paper Monday, in which they looked at five types of social behavior — compassion, empathy, aggression, connectedness and prejudice. They then tried to gauge any increase in “prosociality” following meditation.
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