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Mind-Body Interventions for Healthy Aging


The goal of this study is to examine the impact of mind-body interventions on neurocognitive and emotional functioning in older adults. Participants will be randomly assigned to either a mindfulness meditation group or a lifestyle education group lasting 8 weeks. Participants will complete assessments before and after the intervention and after one year of completing the intervention.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
65 Years 85 Years All Yes
August 17, 2018
July 2022

  • Capable of attending the assessment and most intervention sessions
  • Right-handed
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Corrected (near and far) visual acuity of 20/40 or better; normal color vision; adequate hearing
  • Score less than 20 on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale
  • Ability to undergo MRI
  • Able to engage in light stretching exercises with or without assistive devices
  • No regular practice of meditation or yoga (defined as once or more per week) and no previous participation in a structured mindfulness class
  • Access to the internet

  • Medication use that significantly alters brain activity
  • History of diagnosed learning disability that would interfere with the completion of cognitive tasks
  • Evidence or diagnosis of dementia, terminal illness, neurological disorder, psychotic disorder, or substance abuse disorder
  • Psychiatric disorder diagnosed by a psychologist or psychiatrist within the past two years or symptoms and/or treatment is ongoing
  • Any physical or pragmatic limitation that prohibits attendance at assessment sessions and intervention sessions
  • Presence of non MRI-safe objects that cannot be removed
  • Pregnant or attempting to become pregnant
  • Self-reported claustrophobia
  • Limitation that prohibits engaging in light stretching exercises with or without assistive devices

Mind-body interventions have the potential to improve cognitive function, enhance emotion regulation, reduce stress and related inflammatory markers, and alter the neural circuitry supporting cognitive and emotional functioning. The primary goal of this study is to examine changes in attentional control, and the transfer of benefits to everyday cognition and emotional regulation, resulting from engaging in mind-body interventions.

Participants will attend either a mindfulness-based stress reduction program or a lifestyle education group. Both will meet weekly for eight weeks. Participants will be asked to complete homework assignments via a mobile/web-based application and will be invited to four booster sessions over the course of a year. Researchers will measure behavioral and neural metrics of cognitive function and inflammatory markers.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
Department of Psychology, The Ohio State University
Columbus Ohio 43210 Recruiting Ruchika Prakash, PhD

Ohio State University

  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Name Role Affiliation
Ruchika Prakash, Ph.D. Principal Investigator The Ohio State Universty

Name Phone Email
Joanna Salerno, BA 614-292-8462


Mind-body Interventions for Healthy Aging