Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2014

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Joanna Arch

Abstract

Objective: To examine the effects of a daily, 10-minute mindfulness meditation intervention administered online through Mechanical Turk over a two-week period on the intensity of anxiety, perceived stress, and reported sleep quality in participants pre-screened for general anxiety symptoms. Method: One hundred and forty-eight participants pre-screened for mild or greater general anxiety symptoms and mild or greater difficulty sleeping were recruited through Mechanical Turk. Participants’ baseline levels of anxiety, perceived stress, and sleep quality were assessed. They then were randomized to the mindfulness meditation intervention (n = 74) or wait list control group (n = 74). Following the two-week intervention period, participants completed post-questionnaires that assessed levels of anxiety, perceived stress and sleep quality. Results: Participants in the meditation group had significantly decreased levels of general anxiety and perceived stress, and increased sleep quality in comparison to the wait-list control group, ps < .05. Conclusions: Significant short-term benefits on anxiety, stress, and sleep quality resulted from a two-week, 10 minute a day mindfulness meditation training. Further research is needed to examine the duration of these benefits and the mechanisms of action that account for them.

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