The mechanism of mindfulness-behaviour relationship

Project Number
RI 10/13 KYH

Project Duration
June 2014 - November 2016

Status
Completed

Abstract
The purpose of the project is to examine the mechanism explaining the effects of mindfulness induction on adaptive postural control under a stressful situation (specifically on a high platform which induces fear of height). In the pilot study phase, several studies will be conducted to fine-tune the exact design of the main study. Issues such as effectiveness of mindfulness manipulation and suitability of mediating variables will be dealt with in this phase. In the main study, we will randomly assign 60-80 participants to one of the two conditions (mindfulness induction and control). The pretest/posttest design is adopted in this study. Each participant will be asked to stand on the top of the 10 m diving platform while his balance profile is recorded during the pre-test and post-test. Mindfulness induction will be administered by asking participants to pay attention to sensation of hand submerged in water for six minutes. Those in the control group perform the same physical task without the instruction to be mindful. As the aim of the study is to examine possible mechanism affecting the mindfulness-behavior relation, we will collect measures of potential mediators. We propose the following variables related to the alleviation of psychological stress as potential mediators: heart rate, scope of attention, and loss of self-consciousness. In summary, the outcome of this project could address why mindfulness facilitates balance performance. This will fill a gap in the literature regarding the explanation concerning the specific roles of mindfulness in enhancing motor control.

Funding Source
NIE

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