Critical Review of Psychology Journal
“Does mindfulness Mediation Contribute to Health?
Outcome Evaluation of a German Sample”
The title of this journal is a little bland, it’s short and straight to the point but it made me want to know more about what mindfulness mediation is and how it can contribute to health. The title also identifies that this is a German sample. The journal is sponsored by the Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health one of the largest institutes of its kind worldwide. The authors were all from different practices in Freiburg, such as Freiburg institute for mindfulness research and University Hospital of Freiburg. The first author was sponsored by the Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology. The article was written at the department of psychology of the University Freiburg, Freiburg. The University of Freiburg is amongst Europe's top research and teaching institutions. It is in a beautiful location in the city centre and is one of Germany's largest medical centres. The University Medical Center achieved many technical advances, such as the first implantation of an artificial heart Jarvik 2000 (2002). You are only accepted into the University on merit and grade results. We can assume that the first author is a well-respected scientist. We also know from the author’s note that a lot of people helped with the research. Reading the abstract you can determine that the purpose is stated: to examine the effects of an 8-week meditation based program in mindfulness in a German sample. Strategy: Twenty one participants with chronic physical, psychological, or psychosomatic illnesses were examined in a longitudinal pre-test and post treatment design with a 3 month follow up. Findings: There were effective and lasting reductions of symptoms, especially in psychological distress, wellbeing and quality of life....
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