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MEG Study of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00571051
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified August 2009 by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : December 11, 2007
Last Update Posted : August 17, 2009
Sponsor:
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
The purpose of this research is to investigate the effects of mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) on measures of brain function. We are looking especially at the ways in which MBSR may affect the way the brain processes the sense of touch. The study seeks to recruit healthy, normal adults who are interested in MBSR training, a simple program that involves learning how to pay attention mindfully to the present moment

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Somatosensory Cortical Dynamics in Normal Humans Behavioral: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

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Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: MEG Study of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Study Start Date : October 2007
Estimated Primary Completion Date : April 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date : April 2011
Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
MBSR 8 week course
Behavioral: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
8 week course in mindfulness training
Other Name: Course is modelled on course taught by Center for Mindfulness, UMASS Worcester. Instructor and lesson plan are certified by Center for Mindfulness
No Intervention: 2
8 weeks of natural history


Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Somatosensory cortical dynamics [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Rumination; mindfulness; somatosensory evoked potentials; tactile thresholds [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

You are eligible to participate in this study because you meet all of our selection criteria:

  • You are between ages 18-50
  • You are right-handed
  • You are able to receive a MRI scan (you have no metal implants or other metal objects or medical devices that would make a MRI scan unsafe for you)
  • You are able to follow study instructions and can read and write English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • You are not eligible to participate in this study if you:

    • have any systemic musculoskeletal diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, or scleroderma that would affect the function of your nervous system
    • have any neurological conditions that might affect your hand, wrist, or arm function
    • respond to our questionnaires in a manner suggesting you may be suffering from depression
    • are pregnant or a nursing mother
    • currently have any ongoing meditation practice, including MBSR.
    • are unable to complete our study
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00571051


Contacts
Contact: Joel Villanueva, BS joel_villanueva@hms.harvard.edu
Contact: Catherine Kerr, PhD 617-384-8583

Locations
United States, Massachusetts
Harvard Medical School Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Contact: Catherine Kerr, PhD    617-384-8583    catherine_kerr@hms.harvard.edu   
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Catherine Kerr, PhD Harvard Medical School
More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Catherine Kerr, Harvard Medical School
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00571051     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: K01AT003459 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
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First Posted: December 11, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 17, 2009
Last Verified: August 2009

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
MEG, mindfulness, tactile perception