Does Mindfulness Training Change the Processing of Social Threat?

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Mind and Life Institute, Hadley, Massachusetts
European Commission
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Britta Holzel, Massachusetts General Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00992875
First received: September 28, 2009
Last updated: May 4, 2012
Last verified: May 2012

September 28, 2009
May 4, 2012
January 2009
February 2011   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
BOLD signal on a 1.5T MRI scanner [ Time Frame: the second time-point will take place eight weeks after the first data collection ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
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Does Mindfulness Training Change the Processing of Social Threat?
Does Mindfulness Training Change the Processing of Social Threat?

Training in mindfulness, the non-judgmental observation of experiences as they arise in the present moment, has been increasingly and successfully applied to the treatment of normative stress conditions and mental disorders. Yet, the neurological mechanisms that underlie the reported improvements are still largely unknown. This longitudinal study will investigate the influence of mindfulness training on a key underpinning of mental health, namely emotion regulation, and its associated brain activity. Healthy participants will be randomly assigned to either a validated eight week Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program or to a control condition. In a pre-post investigation, participants' subjective reactions to aversive emotional stimuli (affective facial expressions) will be assessed, as will the associated brain activation using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The investigators hypothesize that after the training the MBSR participants will rate the pictures as less aversive compared to control participants. Furthermore, the MBSR participants will show a patter of brain activation indicative of improved emotion regulation, relative to control participants. Finally, the effect of MBSR on the gray matter structure of the brain will be investigated.

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Interventional
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
  • Healthy
  • Stress
Behavioral: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Behavioral intervention, mindfulness meditation in form of yoga, sitting meditation, body scan and mindfulness to routine activities
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Completed
28
February 2011
February 2011   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • no previous significant meditation or yoga experience
  • eligible for MRI scanning (no metallic implants, not pregnant, not claustrophobic)
  • no significant previous meditation or yoga experience

Exclusion Criteria:

  • DSM-IV diagnosis for depression, manic episodes, GAD, social phobia, anorexia, bulimia, schizophrenia, ADHD, substance dependency/abuse, suicidality
  • ineligible for MRI scanning (metallic implants, pregnant, claustrophobic)
Both
22 Years to 60 Years
Yes
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United States
 
NCT00992875
2008A057212, FP7-PEOPLE-IOF-2008: 236975
Yes
Britta Holzel, Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Mind and Life Institute, Hadley, Massachusetts
  • European Commission
Principal Investigator: Sara W Lazar, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
May 2012

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