Thank you for your interest in our study:

Tracking meditation in daily life: Investigating effects of meditation practice.

About the study

Who can take part?

What will the study involve?

Yes, I’m happy to take part – what should I do next?

How do I take part in the study?

Sign-up instructions

Study instructional videos

Contacts


About the study

There has been a lot of research into meditation. But, so far, few studies have looked at its effects among those who have practiced for several years.

Our aim is to change this; and so we developed a smartphone app (ExSampla) that allows us to track the experience of meditators over time.

We are now inviting meditators from different traditions to take part in our research project.

This will allow us to field test our ExSampla research app, gathering real world data (over a period of 3 weeks) about the experience of meditation and its effects on day to day wellbeing.


Who can take part?

We’re looking for Participants who:

  • Have a regular meditation practice
  • Are over 18 years of age
  • Do not have a current mental health diagnosis (e.g. anxiety disorder, major depression)
  • Have an Android or Apple iOS smartphone or tablet

What will the study involve?

  • Fill in an online survey at the beginning (taking 15 mins) & end (taking 5 mins) of the study
  • Download an app to your smart device & record when you meditate over the 3 week study
  • After you have completed the 21 day study, you will be entered into a prize draw to receive one of 4 prizes of a *£100 Amazon voucher for taking part [*vouchers will be available for Amazon.co.uk (£)/ Amazon.de (€)/ Amazon.com ($)]
  • FOR I PHONE USERS ONLY – there is a 7 day period (from day 8 to 14) of the study where you’ll receive questions via an app notification (3 times daily) asking about your current experience (taking 1 minute to answer)

Yes, I’m happy to take part – what should I do next?

Please access and read the Participant Information Sheet for more about the study, what it involves, and how to take part.

Then, to begin the study, please see below:

Participant Information


How do I take part in the study?

To take part in the study, please complete the following 3 steps (in this order):

1. First, complete the online survey* which you can access here:

Online Survey for Meditation Practitioners

*Please use a tablet or full screen computer when completing the online survey

2. Register* for the study here:

Daily Experience Study

*Registration for this specific study is required to distinguish from other studies using the ExSampla research app (takes less than 1 minute)

3. Download the ExSampla app to your device from:

the Google Play Store here: ExSampla app

the Apple App Store here: ExSampla app

Videos:

Study sign-up process

How to record meditation practice using ExSampla app

How to do ExSampla notification Surveys (I Phones ONLY)

Study sign-up process (in brief)

Sign-up instructions:

Sign-Up instructions in brief

For detailed sign-up instructions – please see below:

1) Complete the initial online survey, which you can access directly via the following link:

Online Survey for Meditation Practitioners

Please note:

  • You must complete the Online Survey BEFORE accessing the ExSampla app
  • Please use a tablet or full screen computer when completing the online survey

2) Register for the study here:

Daily Experience Study

When you click the link you’ll see this page on your device:

  • Enter your email address
  • Enter the generic study password: Password1234
  • Press “Register”

3) Download the ExSampla app to your device.

You can download the app direct to your device here: 

the Google Play Store here: ExSampla app

the Apple App Store here: ExSampla app

I Phone
Android

  • Click to download, and then when prompted click ‘install’ – the app will appear on your mobile device.
  • Open, and when prompted enter your email address AND the study password: Password1234 (this is to ensure only people invited to take the study can participate)
  • FOR I PHONE USERS ONLY – After opening the app you will be asked to consent to receive notifications – (you can do so by pressing the “Allow” tab)

App Notifications:

  • When you receive an app notification, to answer the survey simply click on the notification

Instructions for using the research app are at the links below:

How to use the ExSampla app/I-Phone

How to use the ExSampla app/Android

How to answer the ExSampla Survey


Contacts:

The study has been approved by the LJMU Research Ethics Committee (Reference number: 21/NSP/002).

Thank you for your kind interest

& please feel free to share this page with other meditators

Anthony Bennett, School of Psychology – Liverpool John Moores University

Email: A.A.Bennett@ljmu.ac.uk

The study is supervised by Dr Peter Malinowski: P.Malinowski@ljmu.ac.uk