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Study Explores Guided Mindfulness Meditation and Physical Activity on Mood and Brain Functioning

Invitation to Participate

Exploring Guided Mindfulness Meditation and Physical Activity on Mood and Brain Functioning

Information:

Researchers from the University of Auckland’s psychology department would like to invite you to participate in a study exploring the connections between guided mindfulness meditation and physical activity. This information may be useful in developing materials and aids that will help individuals achieve a more balanced lifestyle. This research is being undertaken by Tamasin Taylor, as fulfilment of the requirements of a Ph.D (Health Psychology) degree at the University of Auckland.

The researchers are inviting people who have had zero or minimal experience of mindfulness meditation experience. There are three activities in this study that will involve your participation. The total amount of time required by you will be 5.5 hours over three weeks plus travelling time. Entry into a prize draw of $100 will be offered to participants who complete the study as a token of our appreciation for the time and effort contributed to this project.The involvement includes three activities:

1)     You will be asked to attend a five day course of 20-minutes of either guided mindfulness meditation or physical activity sessions (condition allocated to you by the researcher). The sessions will be held at the University of Auckland city campus, times to be allocated.

2)     You will be asked to complete two simple computer tasks at the University of Auckland city campus hsb building on two days (1- week apart).

3)     You will be asked to complete two general psychological wellbeing questionnaires via an internet link over the three-week study period. These will take approximately 15 minutes each to complete.

If you are interested in participating or finding out more about the study, please email t.taylor@auckland.ac.nz, or phone/text: 027 2435 198.

APPROVED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND HUMAN PARTICIPANTS ETHICS COMMITTEE ON 29 April for (3) years, Reference Number 2011/7187

Mindfulness Study Invitation University of Auckland

Invitation to Participate

Exploring Guided Mindfulness Meditation and Physical Activity on Mood and Brain Functioning

Information:

Researchers from the University of Auckland’s psychology department would like to invite you to participate in a study that will investigate mindfulness meditation and physical activity on on mood and brain functioning. This information may be useful in developing materials and aids that will help individuals achieve a more balanced lifestyle. This research is being undertaken by the principal investigator, Tamasin Taylor, as fulfilment of the requirements of a Ph.D (Health Psychology) degree at the University of Auckland.

We aim to recruit 120 participants. We believe that the findings of this study will extend current health behaviour knowledge and the information gained may be useful in developing informational materials and aids that may contribute to a more balanced lifestyle.

The study will run over August and September 2102.

1) You will be asked to attend either five days of 20-minutes of mindfulness meditation, or of physical activity. The meditation sessions will be held Monday to Friday at 12.05 – 12.30pm, and 12.35-1pm, at the University of Auckland depending on which time suits you. The physical activity sessions wil take place at The University of Auckland gym from Monday to Friday at times yet to be allocated.

2) You will be asked to complete two simple computer tasks at the beginning of your involvement in the study period and a second time either before or after your allocated meditation/physical activity sessions. The location will be at the University of Auckland city campus and on two consecutive Saturdays.

3)You will be asked to complete two general wellbeing questionnaires via an internet link over the study period. These will take approximately 15 minutes each to complete.

If you are interested in participating please follow this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2X5MW9H

You will be sent a participant information sheet with further details.

For any questions please email either email t.taylor@auckland.ac.nz or phone/text: 027 1435 198

APPROVED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND HUMAN PARTICIPANTS ETHICS COMMITTEE ON 29 March 2102 for 3 years, Reference Number 2012/7081