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Mindfulness and attention.


- candidate number10265
- NTR NumberNTR3044
- ISRCTNISRCTN wordt niet meer aangevraagd.
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR22-aug-2011
- Secondary IDsNL37791.044.11 METC
- Public TitleMindfulness and attention.
- Scientific TitleMindfulness and attention.
- ACRONYMN/A
- hypothesisWe expect that after a 8-week mindfulness course participants are better able to (re)orient their attention in a pain setting.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedHealthy subjects, Attention, Electrical stimulation
- Inclusion criteriaParticipants are aged between 18 and 65 years old, with no previous experience with mindfulness.
- Exclusion criteria1. The consumption of drugs or alcohol in the 24 hours before the start of the experiment;
2. Coffee consumption 1 hour before the start of the experiment;
3. Smoking 1 hour before the start of the experiment;
4. Mental or physical disorder;
5. Physical (pain) complaints;
6. Poor visual capacity.
- mec approval receivedno
- multicenter trialno
- randomisedyes
- masking/blindingNone
- controlNot applicable
- groupCrossover
- TypeSingle arm
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-okt-2011
- planned closingdate1-okt-2012
- Target number of participants36
- InterventionsHalf of the participants will first take part in the EEG experiments (group 1). Next all participants receive a mindfulness intervention for 8 weeks (group 1 and 2). Next, all participants will take part in the EEG experiments (group 1 and 2). Finally, after 8 weeks half of the participants will take part in the EEG experiments (group 2). This design makes it possible to distinguish between the effect of mindfulness, the effect of practice and the effect of mindfulness after several weeks.

The intervention we use is an Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) training. MBSR is a group program that focuses upon the progressive acquisition of mindful awareness, or mindfulness. MBSR comprises a series of exercises designed to give participants experiences of mindfulness (Kabat-Zinn, 1994). MBSR is a structured 8 week group program with usually groups between 10-40 participants. Single week sessions last 2.5 hours. Since mindfulness is predicated upon regular and repeated practice, participants enter upon enrolling into a commitment to carry out daily 20-45-min homework assignments. The training asks great discipline and commitment of participants. The formal exercises which will be presented are the body-scan, sitting mindfulness meditation, Hatha-yoga exercises and meditative walking (Hulsbergen, 2009). The formal exercises serve to become increasingly present in each moment in everyday life. Also informal exercises are included in the training, which serve to develop attentiveness in daily activities. At the start and at the end of the mindfulness-training participants are presented The Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire Short Form(FFMQ-SF) to assess different aspects of mindfulness.
- Primary outcomeMain study parameters are behavioral results like Reaction Time (RT) and accuracy on the experimental tasks, the measures derived from the EEG (N1, P3), and ratings on the VAS-scale.
- Secondary outcomeN/A
- TimepointsParticipants engage in a 8-week mindfulness training and have to take part in two EEG sessions. Half of the participants will be measures right before the mindfulness training and right after the mindfulness training. The other half of the participants will be measures right after the mindfulness training and 8 weeks after the mindfulness training.
- Trial web siteN/A
- statusplanned
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIESDr. Elian Kleine, de
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIESDr. Elian Kleine, de
- Sponsor/Initiator University of Twente
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
University of Twente
- PublicationsN/A
- Brief summaryThe objective of the current study is to investigate the effect of mindfulness training on attention shifting in a pain setting. This question will be tested in an experimental design. Measuring the modulating effects of attention on the processing of short electrocutaneous painful and non-painful stimuli by comparing the patterns in brain activity en subjective measurements during different conditions of attention. Outcomes of the study will be used to further investigate mindfulness training in chronic pain patients.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD22-aug-2011 - 11-sep-2011


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