Time evolution of affective processes in a mindfulness-based intervention

  • Anne CongardEmail author
  • Sarah Le Vigouroux
  • Eva Andreotti
  • Bruno Dauvier
  • Johan Illy
  • Rollon Poinsot
  • Pascal Antoine


This study aimed to examine the temporal dynamic of the affective trajectories of participants exposed to a self-help mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) compared to those in the control condition. This interventional study employed an experience sampling method with two nonrandomized groups: a control group (n = 44, M = 37.04) on the waiting list for the MBI and an experimental group (n = 45, M = 39.90) that practiced mindfulness meditation 20 min a day for 42 days. All participants completed a self-observation affect scale twice daily. The MBI participants’ trajectories for activated (ANA) and deactivated (DNA) negative affect revealed an important decrease during the first week compared with those of participants in the control condition. ANA continued to decrease until the end of the MBI, whereas DNA showed a slight rise before decreasing again in the last week. Deactivated positive affects increased linearly across the MBI, while activated positive affects slightly decreased. This study offers promising insight into how an MBI induces changes in affective life.


Mindfulness Affect Affective trajectories Experience sampling method 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nantes University, Laboratoire de Psychologie des Pays de la Loire, LPPLNantesFrance
  2. 2.Social Psychology Laboratory, LPS EA 849University of NîmesNîmesFrance
  3. 3.Univ. Lille, CNRS, UMR 9193 - SCALab - Sciences Cognitives et Sciences AffectivesLilleFrance
  4. 4.Center for Research on the Psychology of Cognition, Language and Emotion, PsyCLE EA 3273Aix-Marseille UniversityAix-en-ProvenceFrance
  5. 5.Immanence SASManosqueFrance

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