"Effects of mindfulness on self-control"
Utrecht University - Social, Health, and Organizational Psychology
Prof. Dr. Henk Aarts (Utrecht University)
Dr. Esther Papies (Utrecht University)
Dr. Michael Hafner (Utrecht University)
1 September 2013 - 31 August 2016
In the current living environment we are frequently exposed to tempting stimuli that provide short-term rewards at the cost of long-term goal pursuit. Recent research shows that mindfulness, and specifically mindful attention (i.e. seeing one’s experiences as mental events) may help to shield us from these temptations. The aim of the research project is twofold: first, it will investigate the mechanism by which mindfulness reduces impulsive reactions towards tempting stimuli. Second, it will investigate the potential effects of mindfulness training, e.g. will it allow people to follow up on their dieting intentions, is it bound to specific situations, what are the long-term effects, and is mindfulness training suitable for everyone? Specific hypotheses will be tested by means of both laboratory experiments and field experiments.