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Time, Touch, Attention and the Autonomic Nervous System

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01428674
First Posted: September 5, 2011
Last Update Posted: March 20, 2017
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Wake Forest University Health Sciences ( Wake Forest University )
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to describe the onset, duration and dose-response of interpersonal mindful compassion on respiratory rate and heart rate variability in healthy adults in order to prepare for research evaluating the impact of this intervention in patient populations and to prepare for basic research investigating the CNS mechanisms for observed effects.

Previous research has found that mindfulness meditation, including mindful compassion, results in autonomic changes in the practitioner. Emerging neuroscience of dyadic interactions suggests that through the effects of mirror neuron isopraxis, one person's physiologic state may be mirrored by another. However, no research has directly evaluated the impact of one person's mindful compassion on another person's autonomic activity. This study paves the way for an entirely new avenue of research inquiry.


Condition Intervention
Stress Other: Interpersonal Mindful Compassion with Touch Other: Reading while extending loving kindness

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Impact of Interpersonal Mindful Compassion on Autonomic Nervous System Function

Further study details as provided by Wake Forest University Health Sciences ( Wake Forest University ):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Heart Rate Variability from pre-intervention period to intervention period [ Time Frame: continuous monitoring for 10 min before intervention and during 10 or 20 minute intervention ]
  • Change in Respiratory Rate from pre-intervention period to intervention period [ Time Frame: continuous monitoring for 10 minutes before intervention and during 10 or 20 minute intervention ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Perceived Stress, Relaxation, Peacefulness [ Time Frame: baseline, after a 10 minute rest period, before 10 or 20 minute intervention, immediately after intervention, 20 minutes after intervention ]

Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: February 2011
Study Completion Date: June 2011
Primary Completion Date: June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 10 minutes reading Other: Reading while extending loving kindness
The practitioner sits in a room with the participant, pretending to read, while extending loving kindness to the participant.
Experimental: 20 minutes touch Other: Interpersonal Mindful Compassion with Touch
A practitioner lightly touches the participant on the hands, arms, shoulders, lower legs and feet while extending loving kindness to the participant.
Experimental: 20 minutes reading Other: Reading while extending loving kindness
The practitioner sits in a room with the participant, pretending to read, while extending loving kindness to the participant.
Experimental: 10 minutes touch Other: Interpersonal Mindful Compassion with Touch
A practitioner lightly touches the participant on the hands, arms, shoulders, lower legs and feet while extending loving kindness to the participant.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 40 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy subjects age 18 - 40

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Taking beta blocker medication
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01428674


Sponsors and Collaborators
Wake Forest University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kathi J Kemper, MD Wake Forest University Health Sciences
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Wake Forest University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01428674     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: WFUIRB00015699
First Submitted: August 30, 2011
First Posted: September 5, 2011
Last Update Posted: March 20, 2017
Last Verified: March 2017

Keywords provided by Wake Forest University Health Sciences ( Wake Forest University ):
Interpersonal mindful compassion
Loving kindness meditation
Autonomic Nervous System
Heart rate variability
Respiratory rate
Relaxation