Committee Chair

Shelton, Jill Talley

Committee Member

Howell, Ashley N.; Ferrier, David; Black, Kristen Jennings, 1991-


Dept. of Psychology


College of Arts and Sciences


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)


Although mindfulness research has become a trending topic in cognitive science, there is a gap in the literature that fails to explore the relationship between mindfulness and prospective memory (i.e., the ability to remember to execute a future intention). To explore this relationship, students in either a mindfulness condition or vocabulary control condition were asked to complete 10 self-concordant academic tasks (both time-based and nontime-based) over the course of five days. The percentage of academic tasks completed was calculated to measure prospective memory completion. Prospective memory performance was compared between groups and between task type. Trait mindfulness was also measured and explored as a predictor of performance. Performance between conditions was equivalent. Time-based task performance was significantly worse across conditions, and mindfulness did not seem to produce any changes in the ability to complete either task type. Significant correlations were, however, observed between trait mindfulness and prospective memory performance.


First, I would like to thank my thesis advisor, Dr. Jill Shelton for guiding me through the process of developing this project. Dr. Shelton’s mentorship has been inspiring and constructive. Her guidance has played the most significant role in my development as an academic. I would like to thank my committee members, Dr. David Ferrier, Dr. Ashley Howell, and Dr. Kristen Black for their availability, assistance, and willingness to be on my committee. Thank you to Anna Pusser, Morgan Robinson, Christian Ishak, McKinley Jackson, and Avery Catlett for being essential parts of my research team. I am grateful for the many hours of feedback and effort my research team put into this project. Thank you to the CALM Lab for their ideas and feedback throughout this process. Finally, I want to thank my family and loved ones for their patience and support. In particular, I want to thank my wife, Molly Nuño, who encouraged me during the more difficult moments of this project’s creation.


M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.




Mindfulness (Psychology); Prospective memory


Mindfulness; Prospective Memory; Attention; Academic Tasks; Cognition; Education

Document Type

Masters theses




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