Imaging Cerebral and Sub-cerebral Correlates of Meditative States (calm)
Recruitment status was Recruiting
Three groups of subjects are trained to practice mindfulness meditation, compassion meditation, or attend a health training control class. Individuals from each group will undergo structural and functional brain imaging before and after training. The hypothesis is that the compassion meditation group will show the largest changes in brain structure and function. In a second series of experiments, the subjects practicing a Tibetan meditation practice will be undergo MRI thermometry imaging to construct detailed three dimensional temperature maps of their bodies before, during, and after they perform this practice.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
|Official Title:||Imaging Cerebral and Sub-cerebral Correlates of Meditative States|
|Study Start Date:||January 2010|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||October 2011|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||October 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
HealthEd receives training health education. Mindfulness receives training in mindfulness meditation. Compassion receives training in compassion meditation.
Structural (MRI) Imaging will be used to measure changes in cortical thickness in the pre and post training groups. Function (fMRI) Imaging will be used to measure changes in cortical and sub-cortical responses to a series of affectively controlled visual images, presented during scanning. MRI Thermometry Imaging will be used to construct three dimensional temperature maps of subjects while performing meditation in the scanner.
|Contact: Terri Sivilli, AB||404 778 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Boston University Dept. of Cognitive and Neural Systems||Recruiting|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215|
|Principal Investigator: Eric L Schwartz, PhD|
|Principal Investigator:||Eric L Schwartz, PhD||Boston University|