For MACS participants

MACS Study, Jacqueline Maye, MS, jmaye@phhp.ufl.edu, (352) 273-5098

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What you will be asked to do in the study:

If you choose to participate, at today’s consenting and baseline testing visit you will answer questions about your background and functioning, undergo paper and pencil testing, and complete questionnaires about emotion, mood, and mindfulness. You will complete these same questionnaires again at the end of the study. All participants are asked to engage in fourteen (14) consecutive weeks of once-per-week attention and mood testing sessions. These sessions will last about one hour every week.

Half of our participants will be randomly assigned (like the roll of a dice or the flip of a coin) to a group that also participates in group sessions involving mindfulness. These mindfulness groups will last two hours, and they will occur on the same day as your testing sessions; they will be scheduled immediately before your testing session. There are eight weekly groups, and these will be scheduled in Weeks Four through Eleven ( 4-11) of your fourteen-week participation period.

The content of the mindfulness group sessions will include (1) education about mindfulness, its benefits, and how it is achieved, (2) exercises and guided practice, and (3) exploration of ideas and questions related to mindfulness practice. Examples of some activities that this group will take part in are mindful breathing, eating, and walking. If you are assigned to the group that participates in mindfulness sessions, you will also be askedto practice at home, and maintain a log to document your completion of homework.

Time required:

If you choose to take part, you will be enrolled in this study for approximately 14 weeks. Attentional and emotional testing will take approximately 1 hour per week. Mindfulness sessions, if applicable, will be conducted in the 2 hours prior to the regular testing each week during the “middle” 8 weeks (weeks 4-11) of the study.

How many people are expected to participate in this study?

A maximum of 48 participants will complete this study. Consent will be sought from up to 96 people to achieve this enrollment goal.

If you chose to take part in this study, will it cost you anything?

There will be no direct cost to you for taking part in the study. You will be responsible for your own transportation to the VITAL lab at the Village Retirement Community. Parking is without cost to you.

Will you receive compensation for taking part in this study?

No compensation will be provided for participating in this study.

Whom to contact if you have questions about the study?

Jacqueline Maye, M.S., Graduate Student, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida, PO Box 100165, Gainesville, FL 32610-0165, Office phone: (352) 273-5098; email: jmaye@phhp.ufl.edu