Dr. Marisa Przyrembel and Prof. Tania Singer, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences,
Department of Social Neuroscience, Leipzig, Germany
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European Research Council (European Community’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013 European Research Council (ERC), Grant Agreement Number: 205557)
Max Planck Society (Germany)
Mind & Life Institute (USA)
Data collection ended in February 2016. Papers are in preparation.
In the context of The ReSource Project, a multimethod longitudinal meditation study (see Singer, T., Kok, B. E., Bornemann, B., Zurborg, S., Bolz, M., & Bochow, C. (2016). The ReSource Project: Background, design, samples, and measurements.), 107 one-hour Elicitation Interviews have been conducted on three types of contemplative mental exercises: breathing meditation (BM), observing-thought meditation (OTM), and loving-kindness meditation (LKM). For analyses of these comprehensive first-person data, we performed a) linguistic computer-based quantitative analyses, b) ratings of the quantified rich first-person data by four independent raters (Kappa=.85), followed by statistical tests, and c) semantic investigation of the specific experiences. All kinds of analyses reveal clear differential experiential fingerprints of the meditations. These findings marshal evidence for the merit of micro-phenomenological interviews as a valuable scientific to
ol, as the in-depth experiential patterns would have been difficult to extract on the basis of conventional first-person measures, such as rating scales or questionnaires.
Several investigations of the micro-phenomenological data are in progress, for example:
1) Investigating differential (affective, bodily, cognitive, etc.) experiences during different kinds of mental training by diverse kinds of analyses (e.g., linguistic inquiry, coding from independent raters, qualitative illustrations).
2) Assessing the interrelations of first-person reports with third-person data (e.g., autonomic measures, oxytocin, cortisol) during specific meditation sessions.
3) Examining the role of Elicitation Interviews as a potential tool to enhance introspection and mindfulness.
Updated on 2/01/2017