Can mindfulness improve judgement and attenuate bias in selection decisions?
Provolt, Laura Nicole
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This lab study examined the impact of mindfulness meditation on the judgment process in the context of selection. Participants evaluated a diverse pool of job applicants in two time periods in order to identify the impact of mindfulness induction. Participants were asked to evaluate each job applicant individually, and select their top three applicants. A week later, participants were guided through a mindfulness meditation with an audio recording before completing the judgment task. Findings indicate the mindfulness intervention led to less variability and greater accuracy in participant evaluation of applicants, and less variation between evaluation patterns across applicant demographic categories. Counter to expectations, the gender bias in selection was much more substantial than racial bias. Though female applicants were rated similarly to males, about 70% of participants selected male applicants.