Mind-body Awareness Training and Brain-computer Interface

  • STATUS
    Recruiting
  • End date
    May 31, 2022
  • participants needed
    300
  • sponsor
    Carnegie Mellon University
Updated on 8 July 2021

Summary

Mind-Body Awareness Training (MBAT), in the forms of various yoga and meditative practices, has become increasingly prevalent due to an increase in awareness of the potential health benefits, and improvements in concentration that this training can provide to practitioners. In the present study, the role of Mind-Body Awareness Training (MBAT) in the initial learning of a sensorimotor (SMR) based Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) is being investigated. The hypothesis is that MBAT will improve performance in SMR based BCI.

Description

In this protocol, the following hypothesis will be tested; namely that MBAT including the verified mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) course will improve the ability for subjects to concentrate on the control of the SMR thus improving the performance of BCI. Subjects will be recruited for short term MBAT and then undergo BCI training. The performance of subjects with MBAT will be compared with those without MBAT to test the hypothesis. Procedures involved include a standard 8-week MBSR course, and an EEG brain noninvasive brain computer interface study.

Details
Condition Injection Port, Razor Bumps (Pseudofolliculitis Barbae), Skin Wounds, Pediatric Health, Brain Function, Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis, Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease, Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Vaginal Atrophy, Near-Sighted Corrective Surgery, Diet and Nutrition, Anal Dysplasia, Adverse Effects, Drugs, Chronic Shoulder Pain, Primary Immunodeficiency, Healthy Subjects, Breast Cancer - HER2 Positive, Chronic Diarrhea
Treatment Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03221374
SponsorCarnegie Mellon University
Last Modified on8 July 2021

Eligibility

Yes No Not Sure

Inclusion Criteria

Apparently healthy volunteers
Age 18-64, inclusive
Willing and able to provide written consent
Able to communicate in the English language

Exclusion Criteria

Any past BCI experience
Pregnancy
Any breathing, movement, or visual disorders
Any active neurological or mental disorders
History of epilepsy
History of a vascular or cardiac disorder (e.g. heart disease)
History of a metabolic disorder (e.g. diabetes)
Any other condition which would make the subject, in the opinion of the investigator, unsuitable for the study
Exclusion criteria that would prevent subjects from participating in the
optional MRI component will be
Any MRI incompatible indwelling metal objects or implantable devices, including but not limited to the following (dental mental is allowable)
Cardiac pacemaker
Implanted cardiac defibrillator
Carotid artery vascular clamp
Intravascular stents, filters, or coils
Aortic clip
Internal pacing wires
Vascular access port and/or catheter
Swan-Ganz catheter
Shunt (spinal or intraventricular)
Aneurysm clip(s)
Neurostimulator
Electrodes (on body, head, or brain)
Heart valve prosthesis
Any type of prosthesis (eye, penile, etc.)
Artificial limb or joint replacement
Bone growth/fusion stimulator
Bone/joint pin, screw, nail, wire, plate
Metal rods in bones
Harrington rods (spine)
Metal or wire mesh implants
Wire sutures or surgical staples
Insulin pump or infusion device
Any metal fragments (i.e. metal shop)
Any implant held in place by a magnet
Cochlear, otologic, or ear implant
Claustrophobia
Hearing aid use
Any yoga/meditation in the last three months
More than 12 yoga/meditation classes in the last 12 months
Approximately weekly yoga/meditation for a year or more at any point in the past
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