Minding the source: The impact of mindfulness on source monitoring

Hugo J. E. M. Alberts*, Henry Otgaar, Janice Kalagi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose This study addressed the impact of mindfulness on source monitoring. MethodsParticipants engaged in a brief mindfulness meditation or received no intervention. Next, all participants watched a video of a crime and were then exposed to misinformation regarding this video. Using a source monitoring test, participants' memory performance was measured. ResultsParticipants who performed the mindfulness meditation showed better source monitoring compared to controls. Mindfulness practice was not found to enhance memory performance. ConclusionsMindfulness practice may entail an effective way to circumvent memory distortions due to incorrect source monitoring.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-313
Number of pages12
JournalLegal and Criminological Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017


  • source monitoring
  • memory
  • mindfulness
  • meditation

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