EMBODY Study

You can contribute to the neuroscience of meditation and our understanding of body awareness!

As a participant, you would:

  • Participate in computer tasks
  • Have a brain scan (MRI) at the UCSF Neuroscience Imaging Center (Visit is 3-4 hours, $65-$75 payment)
  • Receive pictures of your brain to take home with you!

People of all genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, and ability status are encouraged to participate.

You may qualify if you:

  • Are a 25-65 year old meditator affiliated with the East Bay Meditation Center;
  • Have 5 years of consistent meditation practice over your lifetime;
  • Your meditation practice involves paying attention to your breath and body sensations;
  • Can comfortably lie still in an MRI scanner;
  • Are MRI safe (no metal implants, not claustrophobic);
  • Have no medical condition that impacts breathing; and
  • Can pay attention to experiences, such as body sensations and thoughts.

OR

  • Are a 25-33 year old healthy non-binary and/or genderqueer adult assigned female at birth;
  • Have little or no meditation experience;
  • Are a non-smoker;
  • Can comfortably lie still in an MRI scanner;
  • Have no medical condition that impacts breathing;
  • Have no current psychiatric condition; and
  • Are MRI safe (no metal implants, not claustrophobic).

Please e-mail embodystudy@ucsf.edu or call 415-514-8445 for more information.

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