Focused attention meditation and working memory capacity in meditation novices


  • Focused attention meditation (FAM) can activate the bilateral dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) and increase working memory capacity (WMC) in meditation novices.

Why this matters

  • Cognitive training, which enhances cognitive attention, emotional regulation, and self-awareness, can improve daily task performance.

  • One type of cognitive training is mindfulness meditation, one of which is FAM.

  • FAM increases the top-down attention control as an inhibitory control of attention toward irrelevant stimuli involved in a cognitive task.

  • As one-session FAM is more cost-effective than long-term FAM intervention and has recently been suggested for workplaces, it is important to understand the effect of one-session FAM in individuals with little to no meditation experience.