Mindfulness training for interpreting students

Amparo Jiménez Ivars 1  and Daniel Pinazo Calatayud 2
  • 1 Universitat Jaume I, Avda. Sos Baynat, 12071, Spanien
  • 2 Universitat Jaume I, Avda. Sos Baynat, 12071, Spanien
Amparo Jiménez Ivars and Daniel Pinazo Calatayud

Abstract

In this work we present the results of a study aimed at increasing performance quality in conference interpreting trainees through the development of the attention–regulatory practice of mindfulness. A review of the basic concepts of attention is presented as well as a review of the role of attention in interpreting as an extremely cognitive demanding task. The authors also introduce and review the concept of mindfulness from a theoretical and empirical perspective. Stress in interpreting is also addressed as a factor that may influence performance. An experimental study is presented in which focused attention practices are compared to relaxation practices in relation to performance in interpreting trainees.

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