MBCT Meditation Type & Time: Impact on Well-being
This study is being conducted as part of my (Guy Fincham) MSc research project in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews.
We invite you to participate in a research project examining how different types and durations of mindfulness meditation practice affect well-being. Participants should be 18+ years of age, living in the UK, and fluent in English. People currently experiencing low mood, any active mental health crises, untreated mental conditions or recent major adverse life events are advised not to participate in the study, as mindfulness meditation could increase the psychological distress.
The study includes four groups. Two will complete one type of meditation practice central to mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) but for two different durations (one shorter, one longer). The other two groups will complete another type of core MBCT meditation practice for two different durations (one shorter, one longer). All the meditations will be led and guided by Professor Mark Williams, co-founder of MBCT and Founding Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. All groups will be asked to practice daily for two weeks. All participants will be asked to complete questionnaires about well-being and any barriers or facilitators to practicing over the two weeks. Please be aware that participants are randomly allocated to the groups. Two of these will require participants to engage in movement (simple stretching). If you are interested in participating but have a physical condition, please consult your GP or physiotherapist beforehand.
The study will be online and information you provide will be anonymous and held confidentially by the researcher and supervisor involved in this project. Individuals who are interested in participating can go to:
Ethics approval code: PS14205
Researcher: Guy Fincham email@example.com