Authors: Barbara L. Fredrickson, Michael A. Cohn, Kimberly A. Coffe, Jolynn Pek and Sandra M. Finkel.
Title: Open Hearts Build Lives: Positive Emotions, Induced Through Loving-Kindness Meditation, Build Consequential Personal Resources
Summary: Does meditation practice produce a cumulative effect? Is there a relationship between meditation and positive emotions, which, in turn produce increased personal resources connected to life satisfaction and reduced depressive symptoms.
Perspective: Social Psychology, Positive Psychology
Authors: James W. Carson, Francis J. Keefe, Thomas R. Lynch, Kimberly M. Carson, eeraindar Goli, Anne Marie Fras and Steven R. Thorp
Title: Loving-Kindness Meditation for Chronic Low Back Pain
Summary: A pilot study on the effects of an eight week loving-kindness meditation program for patients suffering with chronic low back pain. Participants measured for pain, anger, and psychological distress. Analyses of data suggested a relationship between loving-kindness meditation and lower pain on the day of meditation and a lower experience of anger the following day.
Perspective: Social Cognitive, Health Psychology
Loving kindness meditation
Authors: Hutcherson CA, Seppala EM, Gross JJ.
Title: Loving-kindness meditation increases social connectedness
Summary: This research examines the relationship between social connectedness and meditation. It discusses whether social connectedness could be created toward strangers in a controlled laboratory context. The findings imply that even brief exposure to loving kindness meditation (LKM) may offer some relief from the experience from social isolation.
Perspective: Social cognitive, neuroscience