Psychology: Projects in Progress

Title

Mood and Math Task

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Psychology

Minor

Sociology

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Michael Bordieri, Ph.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

The purpose of this project is to examine the effects of a brief mindfulness exercise on state mindfulness, task performance, and affect during task engagement in distracting and non-distracting work environments. Previous research has demonstrated that the practice of mindfulness is beneficial in many respects, but research relating to the effects of mindfulness on task performance is limited, especially pertaining to distracting work environments.

To accomplish our objectives, participants are randomly assigned to receive either a 10-minute mindfulness exercise video or a control video (i.e., birdwatching) prior to engaging in a basic mathematics test. During the mathematic tests, participants will be further randomly assigned to either a distraction free task environment or a distraction rich task environment. Thus, we will be able to explore the overall effect of mindfulness across task environments, the overall effect of distraction vs. distraction free environments, and the interactive effect of mindfulness across distraction and distraction free environments.

This research is important to further understand the effectiveness of mindfulness exercises as a technique for improving task performance, and managing mood and frustration in distracting work environments.

Location

Classroom 210, Waterfield Library

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Affiliations

Psychology: Projects in Progress

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Mood and Math Task

Classroom 210, Waterfield Library

The purpose of this project is to examine the effects of a brief mindfulness exercise on state mindfulness, task performance, and affect during task engagement in distracting and non-distracting work environments. Previous research has demonstrated that the practice of mindfulness is beneficial in many respects, but research relating to the effects of mindfulness on task performance is limited, especially pertaining to distracting work environments.

To accomplish our objectives, participants are randomly assigned to receive either a 10-minute mindfulness exercise video or a control video (i.e., birdwatching) prior to engaging in a basic mathematics test. During the mathematic tests, participants will be further randomly assigned to either a distraction free task environment or a distraction rich task environment. Thus, we will be able to explore the overall effect of mindfulness across task environments, the overall effect of distraction vs. distraction free environments, and the interactive effect of mindfulness across distraction and distraction free environments.

This research is important to further understand the effectiveness of mindfulness exercises as a technique for improving task performance, and managing mood and frustration in distracting work environments.