We proposed a longitudinal study of intensive Vipassana meditation to investigate training-related changes in cognitive control, and to explore the relationship between cognitive control and growth in emotional well-being. The proposed data collection included participants undergoing one month of intensive meditative training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center between February and March 2009, as well as a demographically matched comparison group not currently undergoing intensive practice. Our first aim is to explore the trajectory of training-related changes in attentional vigilance, response inhibition, and working memory capacity during intensive Vipassana training. Our second aim is to examine the relationship between these components of cognitive control and changes in psychological constructs of personality, emotional regulation, self-esteem, and well-being.

Brandon King, PhD

University of California–Davis

Fellow, Grantee

Brandon King, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Saron Lab at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain studying the effects of meditation training on empathy and … MORE

Anthony Zanesco, PhD

University of California–Davis

Grantee, Reviewer

Dr. Anthony Zanesco is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami. He completed his PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, Davis. … MORE