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February 2017

Varieties of Contemplative Practice

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin, Madison
JAMA Psychiatry. 2017;74(2):121-123. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.3469

The article by Kok and Singer1 appearing in this issue of JAMA Psychiatry presents a novel training program to enhance perceived social connectedness through the use of dyadic contemplative practice. While scientific research on meditation and other contemplative practices has burgeoned over the past decade,2 this research has focused on a small subset of practices and, in particular, on the cultivation of mindfulness through formal sitting meditation. The current study by Kok and Singer1 (and the ReSource Project from which it is drawn) represents an important advance in scientific research by investigating the differential impact of multiple styles of contemplative practice and modes of training.

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