Title: Conceptual and methodological issues in research on mindfulness and meditation.
Authors: Davidson, Richard J.; Kaszniak, Alfred W.
Summary: Notwithstanding over 45 years of research into meditation there are growing concerns about conceptual and methodological challenges in this field. There are both similar and different issues facing meditation and mindfulness but three particular questions this paper discusses are:
- How can the first person experience be understood and studied in contemplative science?
- Is there a reliable and consistent understanding of terms within meditation and mindfulness research?
- What tools can be used to overcome conceptual and methodological challenges to gathering and interpreting data?
Perspective: Cognitive psychology, social psychology