Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)


Examining Mindfulness in the Context of Religiosity and Openness

Publication Date

Spring 4-22-2022


Sciences and Mathematics, College of


Psychological Science, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Dr. Pete Giordano

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


With the general public’s interest in mindfulness on the rise, many studies have been conducted looking at the relationship between an individual’s trait mindfulness and personality type. One of the most commonly recognized scales for measuring personality is the Big Five Inventory scale (BFI-44), that measures a participant’s levels of neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness (Srivastava, 2022). Previous research suggests that out of the traits examined, openness to new experiences is positively related to trait mindfulness (Giluk, 2009). Research also suggests that an individual’s religiosity affects their trait mindfulness. Previous studies suggest that religious individuals may be less open to mindfulness as a whole, if they perceive the practice to be outside the context of their beliefs (Palitsky and Kaplan, 2021; Ford and Garzon, 2017). Hoping to expand upon the previous research, we designed a study to observe the relationship between an individual’s mindfulness, openness and religiosity. We hypothesized that openness and mindfulness would be positively correlated, and that religiosity and mindfulness would be negatively correlated.

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