Zen meditation and access to information in the unconscious
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SourceConsciousness and Cognition, 21, 3, (2012), pp. 1476-1481
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SW OZ BSI ON
Consciousness and Cognition
SubjectBehaviour Change and Well-being; Communication and Media; Social Development
In two experiments and two different research paradigms, we tested the hypothesis that Zen meditation increases access to accessible but unconscious information. Zen practitioners who meditated in the lab performed better on the Remote Associate Test (RAT; Mednick, 1962) than Zen practitioners who did not meditate. In a new, second task, it was observed that Zen practitioners who meditated used subliminally primed words more than Zen practitioners who did not meditate. Practical and theoretical implications are discussed.
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