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Mindfulness Experiment (02:02)


Fifteen Australians take part in an eight-week experiment to treat a variety of ailments. Mindfulness based interventions are a new, experimental treatment method.

Mindfulness Experiment: Sam (03:05)

After a 17-year army career, the Army discharges Sam because of chronic pain and PTSD. She takes a variety of pain medication and considers mindfulness as an alternative.

Mindfulness Experiment: Shane (02:40)

Shane is an architect, overseeing the building of new subway stations. The job's high stress has given him reoccurring nightmares and changed his personality. He opts for mindfulness instead of psychotherapy or anxiety medication.

Mindfulness Experiment: Joe (01:31)

Joe has been suffering from anxiety, insomnia, and other bereavement symptoms since his wife died last year. He hopes mindfulness will help him cope instead of medication or therapy.

History of Mindfulness (02:41)

Mindfulness has roots in Buddhism and Eastern traditions. Sam, Shane, and Joe participate in Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn scientific-based mindfulness meditation course he created in the 1970s.

Experiment Methodology (06:46)

Mindfulness expert Dr. Nicholas Van Dam will measure participants’ levels of anxiety, depression, and stress at the beginning and end of the course. Some are tested for changes in brain structure, hormones, and cognitive function. The participants learn the basics of mindfulness in the first class.

Pain Reduction and Mindfulness (07:25)

Sam doubts mindfulness will help manage her chronic pain. Erin, who has MS, also attends the course to manage pain. Mindfulness teaches a different way to respond and interact with pain.

Grief and Mindfulness (04:48)

There is little research into mindfulness' effectiveness in dealing with grief. Van Dam hopes Joe can learn useful tools from the course to deal with his wife's death. Experts test Joe's mental and emotional recovery skills.

Halfway Point (04:51)

Shane, Sam, and Erin are beginning to see results halfway through the mindfulness meditation course, but Joe is not. The participants learn to confront their negative thoughts and feelings.

Mindfulness Research (02:27)

Van Dam meets the participants for the first time and explains his research into mindfulness. He investigates the mechanism of mindfulness to understand how it works.

Last Session (05:25)

Joe continues to doubt the course’s effectiveness, though his friends have noticed emotional changes. The final group session is a guided mediation, which usually leads to revelations or setbacks for participants.

Changes from Mindfulness (06:09)

The participants retake the emotional state and stress surveys they took at the beginning of the course. There was a marked decrease in anxiety, depression, and stress. MRIs show a change in Erin's brain structure and how she manages pain.

Results from Mindfulness (07:57)

Mindfulness helped Shane reduce stress and better regulate his emotions. Joe has learned to be more present in the moment and his memory has improved.

Credits: "The Mindfulness Experiment (Catalyst)" (00:02)

Credits: "The Mindfulness Experiment (Catalyst)"

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Across the world, mindfulness has become a multi-billion dollar industry, but what is the truth about the claims being made for it? Working with a team of researchers, 15 ordinary Australians take part in a revealing scientific experiment – to see if practicing mindfulness can help treat conditions like chronic pain, anxiety, and stress.

Length: 58 minutes

Item#: BVL283730

ISBN: 979-8-88678-600-2

Copyright date: ©2019

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