We seek to asses the value of daily five-minute meditation sessions in reducing the physical and emotional burden experienced by end-stage cancer patients. Subjects will be taught how to practice meditation and will download a free app to access their guided meditation session. Subjects will be required to answer a 12 question survey of their physical and mental states at the end of each week for 4 weeks
Mindfulness is a third wave psychotherapy that has been shown to improve focus and decrease stress and burnout in healthcare professionals. Unfortunately, no study to date has assessed the efficacy of combatting burnout and stress while also improving intraoperative focus in one of the specialties with the highest rate of burnout, neurosurgery. The lengthy time requirements of previous mindfulness interventions are not amenable to the variable schedule of a neurosurgeon. Therefore, the construction of a mindfulness intervention that is short, yet effective is essential to the proper integration of mindfulness into the workflow of neurosurgeons. The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy of a brief mindfulness intervention on decreasing burnout and stress while improving focus in the operating room.
This study explores the use of transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS), a new form of neuromodulation which stimulates the ear. 24 healthy subjects without a past medical or psychiatric history will be recruited to participate in a phone screen followed by 1 lab visit. During the lab visit, subjects will participate twice in a validated stress induction technique called the cold pressor test, while concurrently receiving either active or sham taVNS. The cold pressor test consists of subjects placing their feet in an ice bath for a short period of time. Researchers will measure participant's body's responses (heart rate and blood pressure), while they receive taVNS (ear stimulation) and participate in the cold pressor test. Assessments of mood, anxiety, and stress will be collected at the beginning and end of the visit.
The purpose of this research is to test out a new way of treating generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) with low intensity focused ultrasound pulsation (LIFUP). If the subject agree to participate in the research study, the participation will last approximately 10.5 hours over seven (7) days. The visits are as follows: 1- consent and MRI, 2- and 3- focused ultrasound will be delivered outside of the MRI environment, 4- MRI plus focused ultrasound, 5- assessments 1 week post focused ultrasound, and 6- one month follow-up assessments. Research studies are voluntary and include only people who agree to take part.