The new issue of * Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience* includes an article: “Investigating the impact of mindfulness meditation training on working memory: A mathematical modeling approach.” The authors are van Vugt, Marieke K.; & Jha, Amishi P.
“We investigated whether mindfulness training (MT) influences information processing in a working memory task with complex visual stimuli. ”
Mindfulness training did improve memory, apparently becuase the information input was better in people who had a month of mindfulness training.
Presumably this is becuase when we are mindful, we are actually deliberately paying attention, rather than just being grabbed by this or that shiny or loud stimulus. It is possible to train ourselves physically and mentally to perform to our potential, and mindfulness – paying attention – is one way that has payoffs – in this case, better recall.
Now, where did I put my keys??? Guess I was distracted when I came in…