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Matko, K., & Sedlmeier, P. (in preparation). Concentrative, humming, observing thoughts, and walking meditation elicit different subjective experiences and adverse effects. An experimental single-case study.

Peer-reviewed Publications

Matko, K., & Sedlmeier, P. (2023). Which meditation technique for whom? An experimental single-case study comparing concentrative, humming, observing thoughts, and walking meditation. Mindfulness,

Matko, K.*, Burzynski, M.*, Pilhatsch, M., Brinkhaus, B., Michalsen, A., & Bringmann, H. C. (2023). How does Meditation-Based Lifestyle Modification affect pain intensity, pain self-efficacy, and quality of life in chronic pain patients? An experimental single-case study. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 12(11), Article 11.

Matko, K., Sedlmeier, P., & Bringmann, H. C. (2022). Embodied cognition in meditation, yoga, and ethics—An experimental single-case study on the differential effects of four mind–body treatments. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(18), Article 11734.

Matko, K., Berghöfer, A., Jeitler, M., Sedlmeier, P., & Bringmann, H. C. (2022). Who benefits most? Interactions between personality traits and outcomes of four incremental meditation and yoga treatments. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 11(15), 4553.

Matko, K., Bringmann, H. C., & Sedlmeier, P. (2021). Effects of different components of yoga: A meta-synthesis. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine, 6(3), Article 26.

Matko, K., Sedlmeier, P., & Bringmann, H. C. (2021). Differential effects of ethical education, physical Hatha yoga, and mantra meditation on well-being and stress in healthy participants – An experimental single-case study. Frontiers in Psychology, 12.

Matko, K., Ott, U., & Sedlmeier, P. (2021). What do meditators do when they meditate? Proposing a novel basis  for future meditation research. Mindfulness.

Gross, J., Matko, K., Vennemann, J., & Bringmann, H. (2021). A qualitative study comparing the experiences of the Meditation-Based Lifestyle Modification program with multi-professional psychiatric treatment for female outpatients with mild to moderate depression. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine, 6(4), 1–1.

Bringmann, H. C., Vennemann, J., Gross, J., Matko, K., & Sedlmeier, P. (2021). “To be finally at peace with myself”: A qualitative study reflecting experiences of the Meditation Based Lifestyle Modification Program in mild to moderate depression. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Matko, K., & Sedlmeier, P. (2019). What is meditation? Proposing an empirically derived classification system. Frontiers in Psychology, 10.

Al-Diban, S., Magister, J., Matko, K., Walther, J. (2012): Auswirkungen einer Theaterintervention auf die
Entwicklung von Identität und sozialen Kompetenzen bei Jugendlichen. Eine explorative Feldstudie.
Zeitschrift für Bildung und Erziehung, 65 (3), 343-358.

Invited Talks

03/2023Wie wirkt Meditation?  Symposium Gehirn und Gesellschaft, Dürnstein, AT.
01/2023Innere Einkehr durch Meditation – Wahrheit oder Mythos?  Tankstelle Projektraum, Chemnitz, GER.
12/2022Wie wirken Yoga und Meditation und bei wem?  Department of Sport Science, University Regensburg, GER.
09/2022What is meditation and how does it work? Wise Words Series, University of Melbourne Contemplative Studies Centre, University of Melbourne, AUS.
06/2022What is meditation? A scientific exploration. University of Oxford Mindfulness Research Centre, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK.
06/2021Differential and incremental effects of ethical education, physical yoga, and mantra meditation on healthy participants. Cognitive Modeling Group, University of Groningen, NL.
06/2020Was ist Meditation? Ein Erkundungsversuch. Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University of Freiburg, GER.
11/2018What is meditation? Revealing structure in the vast meditation landscape. Invited talk at the Consciousness and Cognition Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK.

Reviewer Activities

Current Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers in Psychiatry, PlosONE, BMC Psychology, International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health

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