Speaker : Professor Peter Sedlmeier, Department of Psychology, University of Chemnitz.
Date : 18th of March 2017, 12:00PM until 1:00PM
Location : Australian Hearing Hub, 3.610, Macquarie University.
Research on the effects of meditation has been done for a long time, but it is only some ten years ago that the topic has begun to become mainstream. This is currently evidenced in still growing numbers of respective publications and a substantial coverage of the topic in major academic journals. The strong interest in meditation research allows for summarizing research results in meta-analyses that give much more exact views of the state of affairs than the results of single studies. In my talk I will briefly review what researchers mean when they talk about “meditation”. Then I will present the results of meta-analyses on psychological variables for healthy practitioners and for samples from clinical populations. The talk will also include metaanalytic results from brain research. I will end with a short discussion of the limitations of current meditation research, especially the lack of a comprehensive theory.