The Japanese Journal of Mental Imagery
Online ISSN : 2434-3595
Print ISSN : 1349-1903
Tokeai-Dohsa-Method- Based Mindfulness and Mind-bodyExperience in Performing Executive Function Tasks
Yoshitaka Konno
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2020 Volume 17 Issue 1 Pages 45-53

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Dohsa-method-based mindfulness is a state of harmonious mind-body connection achieved throughcomfortable mind-body experience and awareness of the mind-body as oneness.  Previous studies have indicated the positive effects of mindfulness on executive function, such as attention control, inhibition control, attention shift, and working memory and so on. However, none of the studies have demonstrated the mind-body experience in performing the executive function task. In this study, the author made an attempt to analyze narrative data during performing the executive function tasks such as “mirror drawing task”( Konno and Yoshikwa, 2015), “Stroop test”( Konno, 2015a) and “playing the stringed instrument”( Konno, 2015b). Results of the narrative data analysis revealed that the Tokeai-Dohsa-method enhanced the experience of harmonious connection between mind and body and mindfulness attitudes during performing the executive function tasks. These results indicate the drastic changes in mode of performance in the executing the tasks may happen, that is from the “mind biased mode” to the “mind-body oneness mode.”

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