A Bibliometric and Visualization Analysis of Mindfulness and Meditation Research from 1900 to 2021

Author: Yuzheng Wang1,2,3, Lingqiu Liao1,2, Xiaoxiao Lin1,2, Yabin Sun1,2, Ning Wang1,2, Jinyan Wang1,2, Fei Luo1,2
1 CAS Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China.
2 Department of Psychology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China.
3 Shanghai Key Laboratory of Mental Health and Psychological Crisis Intervention, School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China.
Conference/Journal: Int J Environ Res Public Health
Date published: 2021 Dec 13
Other: Volume ID: 18 , Issue ID: 24 , Pages: 13150 , Special Notes: doi: 10.3390/ijerph182413150. , Word Count: 213

This study comprehensively summarizes research in the field of meditation, especially mindfulness meditation from 1900 to 2021, by analyzing the knowledge map through CiteSpace and VOSviewer software. Using "mindfulness *" or "meditation *" as the topic, articles included in the Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index were searched in the web of science core database, resulting in the selection of 19,752 articles. Over half a century ago, Deikman published the field's first article in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease in 1963, and publications have soared in subsequent decades. The USA is in the core position in terms of global collaboration, total publication numbers, and total citations. The Mindfulness journal ranked first for the most published articles and citations. "The benefits of being present: Mindfulness and its role in psychological well-being," written by Brown and Ryan, was the most cited article. Mindfulness, meditation, depression, intervention, stress reduction, stress, and anxiety are the top co-occurrence keywords. The timeline of cluster analysis discloses that before 2010, hypertension, cancer, mindfulness, generalized anxiety disorder, and other topics received great attention. In the decade since 2010, scholars have shown interest in meta-analysis, attention, and self-assessment, and keen attention to mindfulness-based interventions. These findings provide an important foundation to direct future research.

Keywords: CiteSpace; VOSviewer; bibliometric; health; meditation; mindfulness; well-being.

PMID: 34948760 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph182413150