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Why mindfulness can have surprising effects on academic performance

Blog Editor, IOE Digital23 January 2020

Sebastian Boo.

Mindfulness is a popular approach for boosting well-being. Intuitively, one would expect this technique to help students do better in their university studies. 

However, my new research finds that, while mindfulness promotes wellbeing in all students – surprisingly, for some it is associated with a drop in academic performance

Why should this happen?