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Who is conducting the study?

EMMA is being conducted by research scientists at the University of California, San Francisco. Mindfulness intervention practices are designed with input from experts and advisors in stress and meditation. Learn more about our research team here.

Will information about me be kept private?

We will do our best to make sure that the personal information gathered for this study is kept private.  However, we cannot guarantee total privacy. Your personal information may be given out if required by law (e.g., threat to self).  If information from this study is published or presented at scientific meetings, your name and other personal information will not be used.

How is this study funded?

This study is being sponsored by the National Institute on Aging.

Where is the study located?

This study is conducted remotely, via Zoom.

How much time will my participation take?

Participation in this 8-week study will take a total of approximately 9-22 hours, depending on your assigned condition.


You will complete two assessments with the study team (about 1 hour each) and short daily surveys (<2 minutes each, twice a day). You may also be asked to complete brief mindfulness practices (5-10 minutes each, twice a day), depending on the study condition you are assigned to.

Does it cost to participate in the study?

No costs are associated with your participation in this study.

Can I stop being in the study?

Yes. PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH IS VOLUNTARY. You may choose to end your participation in the study at any time, and you will be fully compensated for the time spent during the study.


If you feel uncomfortable at any time during the experiment, please tell us immediately so that we can either address the situation or stop the experiment. You are free to withdraw your consent and discontinue participation at any time without any penalties.


Also, the study researcher may stop you from taking part in any study at any time if he or she believes it is in your best interest, if you are unable to follow the study instructions, or if the study is stopped.

Who can answer my questions about the study?

Please contact us with any questions or concerns you have about the study.

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