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Meditation Does Not Reduce Prejudice or Aggression and Studies Littered With Bias

Meditation is not everything it's cracked up to be. 
Though it's often assumed that the ever-popular practice of meditating is a major tool for personal and interpersonal transformation, recent research has shown that meditation is just...well, meh. At least when it comes to the interpersonal realm.

Researchers at Coventry University in the UK, Massey University in New Zealand, and Radboud University in the Netherlands, conducted a review of more than 20 studies that investigated the effects of several forms of meditation. These included mindfulness meditation and loving kindness meditation.

The researchers were seeking to determine the effects of meditation on the kinds of pro-social feelings and behaviours that improve interactions between people — such as compassion, empathy, and tolerance.

While meditation did help people exhibit slightly more compassion towards others than if they didn't meditate, meditation did not reduce aggression or prejudice.

But even the part a…

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