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Meditation, restoration, and the management of mental fatigueAuthor(s): Stephen Kaplan
Source: Environment and Behavior 33(4):480-506
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: North Central Research Station
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DescriptionAn analysis of the underlying similarities between the Eastern meditation tradition and attention restoration theory (ART) provides a basis for an expanded framework for studying directed attention. The focus of the analysis is the active role the individual can play in the preservation and recovery of the directed attention capacity. Two complementary strategies are presented that can help individuals more effectively manage their attentional resource. One strategy involves avoiding unnecessary costs in terms of expenditure of directed attention. The other involves enhancing the effect of restorative opportunities. Both strategies are hypothesized to be more effective if one gains generic knowledge, self-knowledge, and specific skills. The interplay between a more active form of mental involvement and the more passive approach of meditation appears to have far-reaching ramifications for managing directed attention.
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CitationKaplan, Stephen. 2001. Meditation, restoration, and the management of mental fatigue. Environment and Behavior 33(4):480-506
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