Participate in IONS Research

To further our scientific research, we often invite individuals like you to participate in our research and experiments.

Life Experiences and Breast Cancer Study

Recruitment has opened for a study IONS is conducting about how life events may be related to breast cancer. We are on an exploration to understand the relationships, if any, between events in our lives and health. We are seeking 50 women between the ages of 35-90 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer (but have not been diagnosed with any other types of cancer) to complete a written timeline exercise (10-15 min), an online questionnaire (20-30 min) and an interview (30-45 min). Participants who complete all three activities will receive a $75 Visa gift card. We are offering an additional $75 gift card to participants who complete both the questionnaire and timeline by June 10, 2019. You must also complete the interview in order to receive any study compensation. In order to participate, you must be a US resident. To see if you are eligible, please click below to take the screening questionnaire. If you experience any issues with the screening process, please email Nina Fry, Program Manager.

Exceptional Healers Pilot Study

Do you suffer from carpal tunnel pain? Would you like a FREE energy healing session?

If YES, and you are an adult age 18 or older, this pilot study may be for you!

The purpose of the study is to evaluate energy medicine healing practices and the possibility of alleviating carpal tunnel pain.

  • The study takes place at the IONS campus in Petaluma, CA and consists of two visits, three weeks apart, to complete the healing session with a professional energy medicine practitioner, evaluation tests, and surveys.
  • The tests include nerve conduction, biological markers of inflammation, and well-being, as well as pain questionnaires taken before and after the healing session.
  • After completing your second visit, you will receive a $200 gift card as a THANK YOU for helping us investigate the potential of energy medicine healing practices.

If you would like to participate, please email the research assistant with the subject line “Exceptional Healers Pilot Study” or call 707.779.8222 to get signed up.

Internet Mindfulness Meditation Intervention & Integrative Restoration Studies

IONS just opened recruitment for two new exciting internet-based meditation studies for older adults experiencing symptoms of depression — Internet Mindfulness Meditation Intervention (IMMI-Phase 3) and Integrative Restoration (iRest-Phase 3)! We are currently seeking participants for each of the studies who are 55+ years old and currently reside in the United States. For descriptions of the two studies, please see the details below. If you are interested in participating, you may only apply to ONE of the two studies (you cannot participate in both). Choose the study that best fits your availability and interest.

Internet Mindfulness Meditation Intervention (IMMI – Phase 3)

This study’s purpose is to learn more about how online mindfulness-based meditation programs may affect depression symptoms in older adults. The intervention will take approximately 6.5 hours a week for six weeks. The participation includes a one-hour online video course 1x/week, guided by a workbook and 30 minutes of home meditation practice daily, (either on your phone or your computer). This study can be done completely from the comfort of your own home. Participants will complete online surveys prior to and after completing the IMMI course. Participants will be compensated with a $50 Visa Gift Card once they have completed the study. Please click the button below to learn more about the screening process and eligibility to participate in the IMMI-Phase 3 study.

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If you experience any technical issues, please email Jennifer Okonsky with “IMMI Screening” in the subject line.

Integrative Restoration (iRest – Phase 3)

This study is investigating the effects of an online iRest webinar series to evaluate its effects on depression symptoms in older adults. iRest is based on Yoga Nidra, which is a state of meditation and complete relaxation where meditators withdraw into an inner sensory world. The iRest video course consists of four modules and includes educational information and experiential meditations. Participants will be asked to watch one module a week for four weeks. Each module is approximately 1 hour long. Participants will complete online surveys prior to and after completing the iRest course and will be compensated with a $50 Visa Gift Card once they have completed the study. Please the button below to see if you are eligible to participate in the iRest-Phase 3 study.

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If you experience any technical issues, please email Nina Fry with “iRest Screening” in the subject line.

Spiritual Competencies Project

The vast majority of mental health training does not include anything about spirituality, even though we know that spiritual/religious beliefs and practices are central to psychological and emotional well-being.

IONS is conducting research to help us learn more about the training that most mental health professionals receive. Our goal is to develop and disseminate more holistic curriculum to mental health practitioners.

Got Psi?

Many people have had precognitive dreams or successful intuitive hunches and ask themselves: Do I have psychic or psi abilities?

GotPsi is a simple way to explore these abilities through a suite of psi tests based on techniques similar to those used in more formal laboratory experiments. The tests are fun (and valid) and you’ll get immediate feedback about your performance. There are also various “Halls of Fame” where you can compare your performance with others.

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