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Mechanisms of Mindfulness Meditation

Investigating the cognitive mechanisms by which mindfulness meditation influences pain perception.
We are looking for healthy participants, 18 years or older, with no regular meditation/mindfulness practice and no history of chronic pain.

The study will involve 2 x 45-minute experimental sessions approximately one week apart in Badham Building, University of Sydney (each session involves surveys, pain perception testing, and a 20-minute meditation); and 4 x 20-minute home practice meditations during the week.

You will be reimbursed for costs associated with participating.

Ethics approval # 2017/640. 


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Are aged between 18-65 years
  • Do not have a history of chronic pain
  • Do not currently experience pain
  • Do not currently take pain medications
  • Do not regularly practice mindfulness/meditation practice (30+mins/week over last 6 months)
  • Have not previously completed an MBSR or Vipassana meditation course 

How to participate

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, please contact Jonathan Davies to register your interest or to find out more about this study.