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Scholarly Undergraduate Research Journal at Clark

Faculty Mentor Contact Information

Justin Laplante

Faculty Mentor Email

jlaplante@clarku.edu

Abstract

In recent decades the efficaciousness of mindfulness has been proven in a wide variety of contexts, but some crucial populations remain understudied. This review critically examines the literature on mindfulness in individuals with trauma using psychophysiological measures. Psychophysiological measures offer critical insight into this intersection of mindfulness and trauma due to the known somatic components in each, as well as serving as an objective response. Mindfulness-based treatments seem to show great promise in treating trauma, however there are significant limitations in the literature. Future studies should standardize the minimum length of treatment, utilize gender-balanced and ethnically diverse samples, and introduce psychophysiological measures such as heart rate variability.

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