Brain Imaging Technology to Examine the Effects of Meditation
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00082160|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 4, 2004
Last Update Posted : August 4, 2006
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment|
|Healthy||Behavioral: Meditation Procedure: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging|
Meditation and relaxation-based interventions are becoming more widely accepted in clinical settings because of their low cost, low risk, and proven effectiveness as a complementary intervention in a wide range of diseases. Despite the success and growing use of relaxation-based treatments, few studies have addressed the basic mechanism by which these treatments work. This study will use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to define the brain mechanisms underlying the meditative state, to differentiate this state from other states, and to determine how meditation-induced brain changes affect autonomic function.
Participants in this study will have an fMRI brain scan. Brain activity, breathing rate, and heart rate will be measured while the participant engages in three different activities: lying quietly, meditating, and mentally generating numbers.
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Estimated Enrollment :||60 participants|
|Observational Model:||Defined Population|
|Observational Model:||Natural History|
|Official Title:||fMRI Investigation of Meditation|
|Study Start Date :||July 2001|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||June 2005|
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00082160
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Massachusetts General Hospital|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02129|
|Principal Investigator:||Sara Lazar, PhD||Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry|