Sunday, December 26, 2010

Yoga and Sensory Defensiveness

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of yoga on adults with sensory defensiveness. Sensory defensiveness is considered a larger reaction to and less tolerance of typical levels of sound, touch, smell, light, and movement in the environment that the majority of other people would find harmless. Some examples of this are experiencing discomfort in crowded areas with lots of people or objects (i.e., while in a large store or shopping mall), cutting tags out of clothing because they irritate the skin, heightened sensitivity to loud noises, tendency to avoid rides at an amusement park, or avoiding activities one wants or needs to do to get though a typical day.
Helen yogaImage via WikipediaThomas Jefferson is recruiting adult participants to study Yoga and Sensory Defensiveness.

The aim of this study is to:
  • Understand the role of yoga in decreasing sensory defensiveness;
  • Understand how sensory defensiveness can impact social participation;
  • Determine if individuals with sensory defensiveness experience more anxiety;
  • Determine if yoga is an effective intervention for decreasing sensory reactivity and improving participation for adults with sensory defensiveness.
Current Upcoming Studies

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