Motivated by regulator concerns that auditors do not always demonstrate sufficient professional skepticism (hereafter skepticism), we consider whether a brief mindfulness intervention can assist. Research has demonstrated that mindfulness interventions help people focus on tasks in a range of settings. We draw on this research to predict, and find, that when novice auditors undertake a mindfulness intervention, they demonstrate greater skepticism than other novice auditors. This exploratory study provides preliminary evidence of an accessible intervention that can encourage greater skepticism.

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