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Mindful : April 2014
Research Roundup Mindfulness meditation can help improve business decisions and prevent investment mistakes, according to psychological scientists from the INSEAD business school in Singapore and the Whar ton School in San Francisco. They found that meditation helps people resist the “sunk-cost bias”—the tendency to continue an endeavor despite negative results in order to justif y investments that have been made to date.1 Teachers who participated in a mindfulness-based professional-development program repor ted improvements in their well-being and classroom per formance, according to a recent study at Penn State University. After taking the Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE) program, teachers said their relationships with their students, classroom management, and classroom climate all improved, while burnout and stress decreased.3 Does mindfulness help lower blood pressure? Two new studies have been published that arrive at different conclusions. A study from the University of Toronto and York University in Toronto4 found that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) tech- niques weren’t useful in reducing the blood pressure for those with stage 1 hyper tension. Yet researchers from Kent State University in Ohio5 found that patients with borderline high blood pressure successfully reduced it after taking an MBSR program. Watch this space for more research on this subject as it becomes available. ● The Power of Acceptance Researchers at Deakin Uni- versity in Australia examined levels of life satisfaction and “perceived control” (belief that one can control one’s feelings and behavior) in older adults living in residential care compared to those living in- dependently. Conclusion? The ability to accept what can’t be changed is a major predictor of life satisfaction in seniors, no matter where they live.2 1 Psychological Science, August 2013 (online). 2 Journal of Happiness Studies, July 2013 (online). 3 School Psychology Quarterly, September 2013. 4 American Journal of Hypertension, September 2013 (online). 5 Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, October 2013. Special thanks to Mindfulness Research Monthly and Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life for highlighting notable research. April 2014 mindful 19