In a paper published in Proceedings of Graphics Interface, researchers suggest that meditation training can help people working with information stay on tasks longer with fewer distractions and also improves memory and reduces stress.
The researchers recruited three groups of managers for the study. One received eight weeks of mindfulness-based meditation training; another received eight weeks of body relaxation training. Members of the control group received no training at first, then after eight weeks were given the same training as the first group.
Before and after each eight-week period, the participants were given a stressful test of their multitasking abilities to measure their speed, accuracy and the extent to which they switched tasks. Participants’ self-reported levels of stress and memory while performing the tasks were also noted.
The results were significant: read more.