Executive Functioning and Mindfulness in Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Imaging (EFMImaging)
The main purpose of this study is to evaluate changes in brain functioning using an MRI machine following mindfulness meditation training.
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
|Official Title:||Executive Functioning and Mindfulness in Adults With ADHD Imaging|
- change from baseline in blood-oxygenation-level-dependent (BOLD) fMRI signal [ Time Frame: baseline and 8-weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Participants will be scanned prior to and following an 8-week group-based mindfulness meditation intervention
|Study Start Date:||June 2012|
|Study Completion Date:||January 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Behavioral: Mindfulness Meditation
The broad objective of this proposal is to identify functional neuroanatomical correlates of changes in executive brain functioning prior to and following an 8-week, group-based mindfulness meditation intervention within a group of 10 adults diagnosed with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Another group of 10 adults diagnosed with ADHD will be placed in the waitlist condition.
Our primary hypothesis is that adults with ADHD in the treatment group will exhibit improved performance on a series of executive functioning tasks and that exposure to task stimuli will correspond to changes in neural functioning following an 8-week, group-based mindfulness intervention. Brain responses will be measured using blood-oxygenation-level-dependent (BOLD) fMRI signal in brain regions associated with emotional and executive processes prior to and following treatment.