Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHSR/IRB)

PROPOSAL ID:2825
TITLE:MEDITATION STUDY
PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR:ZIEMER, CHRISTINE
PSYCHOLOGY
816-271-5681
CZIEMER@MISSOURIWESTERN.EDU
OTHER INVESTIGATORS:
IRB SUMMARY: File Created: September 27, 2017
Department Chair Action Date: September 27, 2017
Current Status: Extension of Approval Granted
Action Date: September 28, 2017
Confidentiality Data are not linked to individuals

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

This study includes a series of classroom experiments designed to investigate the effects of meditation, visualization, and positive affirmation techniques on students' test scores and learning.

STATEMENT OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

Students will be offered extra credit in entry-level psychology courses (PSY101, PSY140) to take part in this study. After signing a consent document, they will be randomly assigned to a meditation group, visualization group, positive affirmation group, or a control group. They will then take part in 1-3 sessions with a trained professional in meditation, visualization, and positive affirmation training prior to an exam (control group will have no training). Exam scores will be compared to see if there are significant differences between the conditions. Meditation sessions will involve a guided meditation which promotes relaxation and body calming techniques. Visualization involves imagining and visualizing yourself doing excelling at an upcoming task. Positive affirmation involves repeating a mantra or statements that are designed to build confidence for an upcoming task.

ANTICIPATED RISKS AND BENEFITS

This is a minimal risk study. All techniques are designed to have positive effects if any on students' state of mind and self-esteem. Student exam data will be kept anonymous and confidential for the purposes of this study. Students will receive extra credit in their psychology course for participating, but participation will be voluntary. They may receive other benefits from the practice of meditation, visualization, or positive affirmation which may include relaxation, confidence, and possibly higher test scores as a result.

SUBJECT SELECTION

I hope to recruit 50-100 students over the course of two semesters for this research. Students will be recruited from introductory psychology courses (PSY101 and PSY140). Students will receive extra credit points for participation in the study. Students will be randomly assigned to the various conditions.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Students will be randomly assigned to conditions and given a subject number by which to identify them. Students will agree to allow me access to their exam scores for the purpose of this experiment, but once I have divided the exam results into the different conditions of the experiment, I will no longer link exam results with student names.

Extension Request on 10-01-2018

continuing to collect data for the next two semesters

Extension Request on 09-30-2019

I plan to run another round of this study with my Psy140 students this semester in order to isolate more variables in this effect.

Extension Request on 10-02-2020

still analyzing data from Fall 2019 and may collect more data for this study in Spring 2021.

Extension Request on 09-27-2021

Ongoing data collection

Extension Request on 09-27-2022

planning to continue collecting data fall and spring of 2022/2023 academic year.

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