First Advisor

Karch, Adriana


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

93 pages


The control group study investigated the impact of a mindfulness centering technique, taken from the Japanese martial art Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, on balance and reaction time performance as well as on concurrent levels of galvanic skin response (arousal). Study design and analysis occurred within a social neuroscience framework that included the cultural view of mind, body, and emotion as an integrated whole, and brain research from multiple disciplines revealing the neural integrated organism. Thirty-one subjects were tested in a visual-stimulus reaction time task and in an unstable rocker-board balancing task. Prior to repeating the tests, experimental group participants learned the centering technique and control group participants received a brief lecture. Significant improvement for the experimental group over the control group was limited to one balance measure. Results in general indicated a possible trend to improved balance performance with centering. Arousal level correlated significantly with performance and task type for the entire sample. In light of ongoing neuroscience research, the study's findings point to the value of approaching clinical studies of performance from an integrated organism perspective.

Date of Award

Summer 2007

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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