Researchers in Santa Barbara enrolled 48 undergraduates in either a mindfulness or a nutrition class.
The classes were held for 45 minutes four times a week for two weeks and taught by professionals with extensive experience teaching their respective subjects.
In the mindfulness class, participants learnt the postural and mental strategies used in meditation. They were taught how to integrate these methods into daily life and were required to complete 10 minutes of meditation each day outside of class.
During the class, students were asked to sit on cushions in a circle and focus on one of their senses i.e. tasting food, feeling their breathing, listening to an audio recording and so on. They were encouraged to minimize...