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The limited prosocial effects of meditation: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, February 2018
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Title
The limited prosocial effects of meditation: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Published in
Scientific Reports, February 2018
DOI 10.1038/s41598-018-20299-z
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Authors

Ute Kreplin, Miguel Farias, Inti A. Brazil

Abstract

Many individuals believe that meditation has the capacity to not only alleviate mental-illness but to improve prosociality. This article systematically reviewed and meta-analysed the effects of meditation interventions on prosociality in randomized controlled trials of healthy adults. Five types of social behaviours were identified: compassion, empathy, aggression, connectedness and prejudice. Although we found a moderate increase in prosociality following meditation, further analysis indicated that this effect was qualified by two factors: type of prosociality and methodological quality. Meditation interventions had an effect on compassion and empathy, but not on aggression, connectedness or prejudice. We further found that compassion levels only increased under two conditions: when the teacher in the meditation intervention was a co-author in the published study; and when the study employed a passive (waiting list) control group but not an active one. Contrary to popular beliefs that meditation will lead to prosocial changes, the results of this meta-analysis showed that the effects of meditation on prosociality were qualified by the type of prosociality and methodological quality of the study. We conclude by highlighting a number of biases and theoretical problems that need addressing to improve quality of research in this area.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 171 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 35 20%
Student > Master 25 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 22 13%
Unspecified 19 11%
Researcher 16 9%
Other 54 32%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 72 42%
Unspecified 34 20%
Neuroscience 14 8%
Social Sciences 9 5%
Medicine and Dentistry 8 5%
Other 34 20%

Attention Score in Context

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#9,231
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#152
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#560
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#1
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