Burning issues in dispositional mindfulness research

Robert J. Goodman, Kirk Warren Brown

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The recent development of dispositional mindfulness measures has sparked several contentious issues regarding our understanding of mindfulness, its measurement, and its development. In this chapter, we consider theory and review empirical research to address four burning issues in dispositional mindfulness research. We review both scholarly and empirical research bearing on the meaning of mindfulness, and discuss distinctions between mindfulness and other attention constructs. We review the validity of dispositional mindfulness measures and highlight their convergence with mindfulness inductions and interventions on key outcomes of interest, namely psychological well-being and emotion regulation. We also attempt to show how the widespread deployment of psychometric instruments to measure individual differences in mindfulness has contributed to understanding how mindfulness itself-apart from the methods designed to enhance it-is related to adaptive emotion-relevant outcomes at neural, psychophysiological, and psychological levels of analysis. Finally, we discuss how qualities of mindful attention may develop through developmental and contextual influences, in addition to formal training. Investigating mindfulness as an individual difference has contributed to a developing theory of mindfulness, and has opened the field to topics of inquiry not easily permissible by other means.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Mindfulness and Self-Regulation
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781493922635
ISBN (Print)9781493922628
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Trait mindfulness and affective style
  • Trait mindfulness and development
  • Trait mindfulness and mindfulness training
  • Trait mindfulness and stress
  • Trait mindfulness, measures of

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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