A popular online game, Mind Game, which involves players asking questions and answering them in a game, has been found to be a good way to learn about mindfulness, say researchers from the University of Sydney.
The research team discovered that participants who played the game regularly were more likely to be able to answer questions about mindfulness.
This was especially true for people who had completed the Mind Game course at a university, they found.
The Mind Game study, which was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, was designed to look at how people learn mindfulness, with the goal of improving people’s understanding of how mindfulness works.
In Mind Game participants, participants ask a series of questions about what it is like to live in a moment of mindfulness, from a life of busyness to how to stay mindful while having a conversation.
While Mind Game is currently only available in the US, other regions including the UK, Japan and Australia are also now offering Mind Game courses.
The study team from the Department of Psychology at the University said the focus of the study was to find ways to improve mindfulness training, rather than a particular course or activity.
They noted that there was an opportunity to identify new mindfulness skills, or even improve existing ones.
“While Mind Games can help people with mindfulness training and reduce anxiety and depression, it’s important to recognise that Mind Games are not a magic pill, and it is possible to learn and practice mindfulness without it,” said lead author Professor David Beattie.
“In fact, mindfulness is not really about getting a mental state, but about making a decision, acting on it, and taking action.”
For Mind Game to be useful, it must be accessible to everyone, Professor Beattier said.
“The aim is to make it easy to learn, fun, rewarding, and that’s what Mind Game does,” he said.
Mind Game is a game where people take part in questions and answers.
It involves players using their smartphones to take a series that have a series number to identify which question is being asked and which answer is being given.
Players have to look and respond to the question in order to answer the question.
The game is played in real-time, and players are asked to complete tasks using their smartphone.
A similar game called Mind Games in Action is a similar concept, but with a twist.
In this game players are given a task to answer, and they then answer that question using their phone.
The players then receive a reward based on how well they did.
The aim of the Mind Games study was for researchers to determine if Mind Game was an effective way to teach mindfulness to people.
“This research suggests that Mind Game could be an effective tool for teachers to teach people how to be mindful, and to learn to be more mindful of their actions,” Professor Beatie said.
The researchers were surprised to discover that MindGame was also very effective at improving people who were not practising mindfulness.
“We found that Mind Gamers who were doing mindfulness exercises were actually better at answering questions,” Professor Shami Kulkarni, who was not involved in the study, said.
But while the research team found that mindfulness practice could be useful for people with anxiety and stress, they also found that people who practised mindfulness were better at keeping up with the game and keeping track of their progress.
“If you want to improve your mindfulness, it might be that Mindgames are an effective means of doing so, but we are still unsure about whether Mind Games help or hinder mindfulness,” Professor Kulkorni said.