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Title: Reducing maladaptive mind wandering and ADHD symptomatology in high school students using the Meditative Mindfulness technique
Author: Casas Boj, Marc
Tutor: Valero-Cabré, Antoni  
Keywords: mindfulness meditation
Jacobson's progressive relaxation
attentional focus
acceptance monitoring
mind wandering
default mode network
Issue Date: 25-Apr-2022
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Abstract: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a pervasive neurodevelopmental disorder in childhood and adolescence (Nicolau et al., 2017; Pascual- Castroviejo, 2008; Cruz, 2021). The most effective psychological treatment in the adolescent and adult population is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) combined with psychostimulants (Miller B, 2021). However, the application of the meditative mindfulness technique has been seen to reduce ADHD symptoms. These results have paved the way for multimodal non-pharmacological treatments (Baena-Extremera et al., 2021; Guillaume et al., 2021). As psychologists, our proposal aims to explore the benefits of Mindfulness in reducing ADHD symptoms, improving attentional capacities in different domains and increasing metacognition (Hasenkamp et al., 2012) and better emotional regulation (Miller B, 2021). To do this, we have designed a program that will help us identify and quantify the therapeutic potential by applying neurological and functional tests before and after the 31-month rehabilitation program. These consist of a one-month long MM pre-workout, followed by a daily workout for the remaining 30 months. Assessment tests will measure attentional control (SART, TMT, and TAP), the emotional state (PANASN), metacognition (MAAS) and brain plasticity; measured with EEG cap. The program sample consists of N=80, who will receive training in MM three experimental groups and Jacobson's Relaxation (RJ) the control group. We hypothesize that attentional control, emotional regulation, and metacognition will improve in subjects who receive MM training. If this is confirmed, psychologists and professionals in education could train this technique and apply it in their professional activities.
Language: English
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