Imaging Cerebral and Sub-cerebral Correlates of Meditative States (calm)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified December 2010 by Boston University.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Emory University
Information provided by:
Boston University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01262404
First received: December 16, 2010
Last updated: NA
Last verified: December 2010
History: No changes posted
  Purpose

Three groups of subjects are trained to practice mindfulness meditation, compassion meditation, or attend a health training control class. Individuals from each group will undergo structural and functional brain imaging before and after training. The hypothesis is that the compassion meditation group will show the largest changes in brain structure and function. In a second series of experiments, the subjects practicing a Tibetan meditation practice will be undergo MRI thermometry imaging to construct detailed three dimensional temperature maps of their bodies before, during, and after they perform this practice.


Condition
Stress

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Imaging Cerebral and Sub-cerebral Correlates of Meditative States

Further study details as provided by Boston University:

Estimated Enrollment: 58
Study Start Date: January 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts
HealthEd,Minfdulness,Compassion
HealthEd receives training health education. Mindfulness receives training in mindfulness meditation. Compassion receives training in compassion meditation.

Detailed Description:

Structural (MRI) Imaging will be used to measure changes in cortical thickness in the pre and post training groups. Function (fMRI) Imaging will be used to measure changes in cortical and sub-cortical responses to a series of affectively controlled visual images, presented during scanning. MRI Thermometry Imaging will be used to construct three dimensional temperature maps of subjects while performing meditation in the scanner.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Community Sample

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18-65 for the mindfulness-compassion study
  • Prior training in gtummo meditation for the gtummo study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous experience with meditation for the mindfulness-compassion study
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01262404

Contacts
Contact: Terri Sivilli, AB 404 778 2256 tsivil@emory.edu

Locations
United States, Massachusetts
Boston University Dept. of Cognitive and Neural Systems Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Principal Investigator: Eric L Schwartz, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston University
Emory University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Eric L Schwartz, PhD Boston University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Professor Eric L. Schwartz, Boston University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01262404     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BU-Emory-01, AT005728-01
Study First Received: December 16, 2010
Last Updated: December 16, 2010
Health Authority: United States: Psychiatry Dept. DSMB, Emory University

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