The study under review analyzes the application of mindfulness training (MT) technology in settings with exceptionally high requirements for cognitive resilience. Accordingly, the introduction of this paper is intended to provide the reader with all the necessary information about the context of this problem, indicate the importance of applying this training, describe previous work, and set clear objectives.
From a critical point of view, it can be noted that all the main components of this section are present in the text. The authors begin by providing the reader with a clear definition of mindfulness and mindfulness training (Jha et al., 2020). After discussing the theoretical applications of this practice, they explore previous work on this topic, thereby explaining the interest in MT from different practical points of view. In analyzing the literature, a point of view is derived, leading to current research. Although the use of long MT formats from a single trainer has previously been suggested in the context of the army, the use of short formats combined with the train-the-trainer approach may be much more appropriate (Jha et al., 2020). Accordingly, the researchers selected people to conduct the experiment, the details of which are briefly described. Finally, the introduction concludes with setting the study’s objectives and identifying two critical questions of this work.
This section is a reasonably strong introduction, compiled taking into account almost all the necessary key elements. First of all, the sequence of all the described elements should be highlighted as a strength. The authors’ text is coherent and intuitive: from theory, the story goes to practice, previous research, and the value of the current work and its features. Thanks to this structure, readers have the opportunity to fully familiarize themselves with the topic, even if they have not heard of MT before. In addition, highlighting many sources and links to previous works is also a strong point of the work. Finally, the introduction briefly describes the methodology and focus of the work. However, there are specific weaknesses in the absence of some components. For example, the introduction lacks the key hypothesis considered by the authors. The goals, objectives and questions are described briefly and without explanation, which may raise questions about the direction of this work. Nevertheless, the strengths of this section are noticeably more significant, which makes it possible to make a positive assessment of the work of the authors.
Jha, A.P., Zanesco, A.P., Denkova, E., Morrison, A.B., Ramos, N., Chichester, K., Gaddy, J.W., & Rogers, S. L. (2020). Bolstering cognitive resilience via train-the-trainer delivery of mindfulness training in applied high-demand settings. Mindfulness, 11(3), 683-697. Web.