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MEG Study of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified August 2009 by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Identifier:
First received: December 7, 2007
Last updated: August 13, 2009
Last verified: August 2009
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 Intervention
Somatosensory Cortical Dynamics in Normal Humans
Behavioral: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: MEG Study of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

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

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

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: October 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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

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

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 identifier: NCT00571051

Contact: Joel Villanueva, BS
Contact: Catherine Kerr, PhD 617-384-8583

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

Responsible Party: Catherine Kerr, Harvard Medical School Identifier: NCT00571051     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: K01AT003459 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: December 7, 2007
Last Updated: August 13, 2009

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
MEG, mindfulness, tactile perception processed this record on May 25, 2017