Completed Study

EMBODY Study: Evaluating Multivariate MRI Maps of Body Awareness

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You can contribute to the neuroscience of meditation and our understanding of body awareness.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Are a meditator who is 25 years or older 
  • Have at least five years of consistent meditation practice 
  • Have a meditation practice that involves paying attention to your breath and body sensations 
  • Can comfortably lie still in an MRI scanner 
  • Are MRI safe (no metal implants, not claustrophobic) 
  • Can pay attention to experiences, such as body sensations and thoughts
  • Are medically and psychiatrically healthy

People of all genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, and ability statuses are encouraged to participate.

As a participant, you will:

  • Participate in computer tasks
  • Have a brain scan (MRI) at the UCSF Neuroscience Imaging Center (visit duration is 3 to 4 hours, $75 payment, reimbursed for local travel)
  • Receive pictures of your brain to take home with you

Read the consent form for more details on study participation.

Please email Jennifer Zhang at [email protected] or call (415) 514-8445 for more information.


Study Investigators

  • Principal Investigator: Helen Weng, PhD, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine


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