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Can mindfulness through meditation or Origami be used to support resilience and well-being in researchers

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Richard HetheringtonORCiD


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As researchers aim to make new discoveries the significant failure rate of experiments and the complexity of research can be difficult aspects to cope with. This maybe particularly true for research students moving from serial success in taught study to the research world where results or positive outcomes are by no means certain. Researchers should meet these challenges head-on but should also be provided with appropriate support. Vitae's Researcher Development Framework identifies personal qualities (B1) such perseverance, resilience, and self-confidence as important. However, universities' development Programmes tend to focus more on other aspects of training. Mindfulness may provide such support. Here we investigate two approaches that can support the resilience and well-being of researchers, through mindfulness meditation and the use of Origami as a tool to help researchers materialise, and manage emotions such as stress. Initial results appear positive. A study of 37 participants showed that Origami has great potential as a tool for stress identification and reduction with 65% reporting to be 0% stressed after engaging in this activity.

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Author(s): Izquierdo D, Atkinson M, Hetherington R

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2017

Year of Conference: 2017

Online publication date: 11/09/2017

Acceptance date: 14/06/2017

Publisher: Vitae