Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Frederick Grieve (Director), Sally Kuhlenschmidt, and Regina Guthrie
Department of Psychology
Master of Arts
The goal was to understand mindfulness mechanisms of emotion regulation and body awareness and how these relate to interoceptive and proprioceptive awareness. The 23 participants completed the Five Factor Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ; Baer et al., 2006) and the Multidimensional Assessment of Interceptive Awareness (MAIA; Mehling et al., 2012). Then, the participants completed a procedure on the purpose-built Active Movement Extent Discrimination Apparatus (AMEDA; Symes et al., 2010), a device used to measure proprioception at the ankle joint. The entire procedure took one hour to complete. Results did not support the hypothesis that higher levels of mindfulness were related to higher levels proprioceptive awareness. However, results showed that the observing facet on the FFMQ significantly positively correlated with the MAIA facets of noticing, attention regulation, emotional awareness, self-regulation, and body listening. Results also suggested nonreactivity to inner experience on the FFMQ significantly positively correlated with the MAIA facets of attention regulation, emotional awareness, self-regulation, body listening, and trusting. The findings from the current study can be used to further the understanding of how mindfulness relates to body awareness.
Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Ford, Casey, "The Relationship between Mindfulness, Proprioceptive Awareness, and Interoceptive Awareness" (2021). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 3511.