Empirical Studies of Contemplative Practices


Diane Grimes, Ph.D.
Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse, NY

Qiu Wang, Ph.D.
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Hong Lin, Ph.D.
University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas

Series: Health Psychology Research Focus
BISAC: PSY042000

This book is a first attempt to associate the interpretation of contemplative approaches to scientific studies. Drawing on expertise from a range of disciplines, including psychology, applied statistics, health sciences, neuroscience, communication, computer science, and information technology, we examine the critical processes of contemplative approaches and aim to guide the scientific research of contemplative practices. The book includes pedagogical and experimental aspects of studies such as research design, measurement, program assessment, statistical modeling, data mining, technology integration, and evaluation.

It aims to serve as a forum to inspire empirical studies of contemplative practices that address the complexity and variety of such practice in a thoughtful way. It includes compiled interpretation of bodily manifestations of contemplative practices, psychological analysis of contemplative practices, and systematic studies of the effect of contemplative practices through data analysis. Together, the chapters of this book offer first steps along a path to deeper understanding of contemplative practices.

Empirical Studies of Contemplative Practices can serve as a reference book to scholars, researchers, and graduate students across fields of natural and social science. Specifically, this book may be of interest in scholarly arenas such as life sciences, psychology, communication, healthcare, education, and data science. We also hope to draw attention from meditation practitioners as well as those who are interested in religious and philosophical studies.

We hope that the systematic study of contemplative approaches can make an impact on the larger population in their daily lives.


Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Contemplative Science: Are We Measuring the Immeasurable?
(B. Grace Bullock, PhD, International Science & Education Alliance and Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR, US)

Chapter 2. Reconceptualizing the Measurement of Mindfulness
(Joshua C. Felver, PhD, Adam J. Clawson, Emily C. Helminen, Emily L. Koelmel, Melissa L. Morton and Samantha E. Sinegar, Psychology Department, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US)

Chapter 3. Research Design and Statistical Modeling in Contemplative Meditation Studies
(Qiu Wang, PhD and Jiaming Cheng, Department of Higher Education, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, and others)

Chapter 4. Learning to Model a Meditation Brain State Using EEG Data
(Hong Lin, PhD, Courtney Watts, Yuezhe Li, PhD, Christopher Early, Alexander Chan and Sishir Subedi, Department of Computer Science and Engineering Technology, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX, US, and others)

Chapter 5. Measuring the Neural Correlates of Mindfulness with Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
(Leanne M. Hirshfield, PhD, Dessa Bergen-Cico, PhD, Mark Costa, PhD, Robert J.K. Jacob, Sam Hincks and Matthew Russell, Department of Mass Communication, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, and others)

Chapter 6. Mindfulness and Contemplative Practices for Diverse Cultures
(Dessa Bergen-Cico, PhD and Jeffrey Proulx, PhD, Department of Public Health, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, and others)

Chapter 7. The Promise of Mindfulness as a Proposed Intervention to Alleviate the Delimiting Effects of Math Anxiety
(Nicole L. Fonger, PhD and Kien Lim, PhD, Department of Mathematics, Department of Teaching and Leadership, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, and others)

Chapter 8. Trait Mindfulness and Problematic Smartphone Use
(Bradford Owen, PhD, Brian Heisterkamp, PhD, Annabell Halfmann and Peter Vorderer, PhD, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, San Bernardino, CA, US, and others)

Chapter 9. Mindfulness Training in the Communication Classroom: Effects on Communication Competence, Emotion Regulation, and Emotional Intelligence
(Valerie Manusov, PhD, and Daniel C. Huston, Department of Communication, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, US, and others)

Chapter 10. An Assessment Framework for Contemplative Practice in Higher Education
(Diane S. Grimes, PhD, and Rachel A. Razza, PhD, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, and others)



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