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Executive Functioning and Mindfulness in Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Imaging (EFMImaging)

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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Duke University Identifier:
First received: June 26, 2012
Last updated: January 30, 2017
Last verified: January 2013
The main purpose of this study is to evaluate changes in brain functioning using an MRI machine following mindfulness meditation training.

Condition Intervention
Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Behavioral: Mindfulness Meditation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Executive Functioning and Mindfulness in Adults With ADHD Imaging

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Further study details as provided by Duke University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • change from baseline in blood-oxygenation-level-dependent (BOLD) fMRI signal [ Time Frame: baseline and 8-weeks ]
    Participants will be scanned prior to and following an 8-week group-based mindfulness meditation intervention

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: June 2012
Study Completion Date: January 2013
Primary Completion Date: January 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Mindfulness Meditation
    8-week, group-based mindfulness meditation intervention
Detailed Description:

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.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • ages 18-50 years
  • meet DSM-IV criteria for ADHD
  • intellectual functioning ≥ 80 as assessed by an IQ screener
  • generally healthy (i.e., no major medical problems)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • major medical condition that would make participation unsafe (e.g., have pacemaker or other metallic implant), uncomfortable (e.g., chronic pain)
  • claustrophobic, or abnormally afraid of closed-in places
  • current drug use
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01629914

Sponsors and Collaborators
Duke University
Principal Investigator: John T Mitchell, Ph.D Duke University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Duke University Identifier: NCT01629914     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00037192
Study First Received: June 26, 2012
Last Updated: January 30, 2017

Keywords provided by Duke University:
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
executive functioning
mindfulness meditation
magnetic resonance imaging

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
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