Effect of Caring Attention on CNS Functional Connectivity Patterns

Investigators and Personnel:
Kathi Kemper, M.D., M.P.H.
Joseph A. Maldjian, M.D.
Christopher Thomas Whitlow, MD, PhD, MHA

Although caring attention is a critical element of the non-specific benefits of complementary therapies, little research has helped us understand the neurophysiology behind these effects. This project will compare the central nervous system functional connectivity patterns associated with exposure to neutral vs. caring attention, and will explore predictors (empathy, social desirability, mindfulness, and perceived stress) and correlates (self-reported changes in stress, relaxation and peacefulness) of these changes in healthy young adults. This study will help us better understand how caring attention improves well-being in normal people.

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