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A pilot randomized control trial investigating the effect of mindfulness practice on pain tolerance, psychological well-being, and physiological activity

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Kingston, J and Chadwick, P and Meron, D and Skinner, TC, A pilot randomized control trial investigating the effect of mindfulness practice on pain tolerance, psychological well-being, and physiological activity, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 62, (3) pp. 297-300. ISSN 0022-3999 (2007) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2006.10.007

Abstract

Objective: To investigate the effect of mindfulness training on pain tolerance, psychological well-being, physiological activity, and the acquisition of mindfulness skills.

Methods: Forty-two asymptomatic University students participated in a randomized, single-blind, active control pilot study. Participants in the experimental condition were offered six (1-h) mindfulness sessions; control participants were offered two (1-h) Guided Visual Imagery sessions. Both groups were provided with practice CDs and encouraged to practice daily. Pre–post pain tolerance (cold pressor test), mood, blood pressure, pulse, and mindfulness skills were obtained.

Results: Pain tolerance significantly increased in the mindfulness condition only. There was a strong trend indicating that mindfulness skills increased in the mindfulness condition, but this was not related to improved pain tolerance. Diastolic blood pressure significantly decreased in both conditions.

Conclusion: Mindfulness training did increase pain tolerance, but this was not related to the acquisition of mindfulness skills.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mindfulness meditation, physiological activity, psychological well-being, randomized control trial
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and Health
Author:Skinner, TC (Professor Timothy Skinner)
ID Code:74171
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:87
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-11-15
Last Modified:2012-10-29
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