Scientific interest in mindfulness has expanded in recent years, but it has typically been approached from a clinical perspective. This volume brings recent mindfulness research to classic social psychology topics such as romantic relationships, prejudice, prosocial behavior, achievement, and self-control. Written by renowned scholars in social psychology, it combines a comprehensive research overview with an in-depth analysis of the processes through which mindfulness affects people’s daily life experiences. It provides theoretical and methodological guidance for researchers across disciplines and discusses fundamental processes in mindfulness, including its effect on emotion regulation, executive control, automatic and deliberative processing, and its relationship to self-construal and self-identity. This book will be of particular interest to upper-level students and researchers in social psychology, health psychology, and clinical psychology, as well as social work and psychology professionals.
1. Why Social Psychologists Should Care about Mindfulness Johan C. Karremans and Esther K. Papies 2. Studying Mindfulness with Different Methods Hugo J.E.M. Alberts 3. Understanding Contemplative Practices from the Perspective of Dual-Process Theories Lawrence W. Barsalou 4. The Hypo-egoic Impact of Mindfulness on Self, Identity, and the Processing of Self-relevant Information Mark R. Leary and Kate J. Diebels 5. How Mindfulness Enhances Self-Control Nathaniel Elkins-Brown, Rimma Teper, and Michael Inzlicht 6. Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, and Social Threat Jerry Slutsky, Hayley Rahl, Emily K. Lindsay, and J. David Creswell 7. Mindfulness and Health Behaviour: Examining the Roles of Attention Regulation and Decentering Esther K. Papies 8. Mindful Presence: Its Functions and Consequences in Romantic Relationships Johan C. Karremans and Gesa Kappen 9. Mindfulness, Compassion, and Prosocial Behavior Paul Condon 10. Mindfulness in Education: Enhancing Academic Achievement and Student Well-being by Reducing Mind-Wandering Michael D. Mrazek, Claire M. Zedelius, Madeleine E. Gross, Alissa J. Mrazek, Dawa T. Phillips, and Jonathan W. Schooler 11. Reducing Separateness with Presence: How Mindfulness Catalyzes Intergroup Prosociality Daniel R. Berry and Kirk Warren Brown