My dissertation investigated when and why state mindfulness will be helpful or harmful as an on-the-spot workplace intervention. The underlying idea is that people could meditate at work for 8-15 minutes when they are in a problem situation which causes excessive stress, feelings of threat, or negative emotion, or before engaging in specific tasks. One project demonstrated that a state of mindfulness can improve decision-making by increasing resistance to the sunk-cost bias (Hafenbrack, Kinias, & Barsade, 2014, Psychological Science). Another project sought to determine whether a state of mindfulness influences negotiation performance - while one study found a strong negative effect of mindfulness on negotiation, overall we did not find reliable effects. Another project seeks to reveal the conditions under which mindfulness meditation has negative consequences for task motivation and/or performance (Hafenbrack & Vohs, under review). The last project was a review and theory paper in which I proposed a model of when and why a state of mindfulness will help or harm aspects of job performance (Hafenbrack, 2017, Journal of Business Research).
Current projects (* denotes shared authorship)
Hafenbrack, A. C. & Vohs, K. D. Mindfulness and motivation,under review.
Hafenbrack, A. C., Solal, I., & LaPalme, M. L. Mindfulness, guilt, and payback, under review.
Hafenbrack, A.C.*, Cameron, L.*, Spreitzer, G., Noval, L. J., Zhang, C., & Shaffakat, S. Mindfulness and prosocial behavior, under review.
Kay, A. A., Hafenbrack, A. C., Skarlicki, D. P., & Griffin, M. J. Mindfulness and psychological resources, under review.
Sim, S.*, Sguera, F.*, & Hafenbrack, A. C.* A roadmap for inducing state mindfulness, under review.