DOI: 10.14704/nq.2016.14.2.956

Operational Definition: The “Achilles Heel” of Meditation

Roberto Cardoso, Elaine Sales, Liliana Centurione, Mario S. Bazzarella, Mary U. Nakamura


Meditation is a practice that can produce a quantic phenomenon, often allowing a change of consciousness not totally predictable. Coming from ancestral traditions, meditation is an increasingly accepted intervention in the academic community; however, studies still need an adequate operational description that will allow its complete reproducibility. This article presents this aspect that needs to be revisited: the basic methodological care that enables the study and the use of meditation in health.


meditation; definition; operational definition; quantic leap; methodology

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