About the Study
This is a research study conducted at the University of Minnesota that aims to develop a new intervention that may help young people with depression. This new intervention combines two techniques designed to enhance healthy brain functioning:
Mindful Breathing involves focusing all of one’s attention on the experience of breathing for a period of time.
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a noninvasive brain stimulation procedure in which electrodes are placed on the scalp and a small amount of energy is delivered for the purpose of stimulating the brain. This procedure is done while the person is awake.
Who can enroll?
Young people 16-22 years old with current depression symptoms
This is a 9-week study. Some of the study activities take place at the University of Minnesota, and some take place at home. Activities include:
- Clinical Assessment
- Brain measurements
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Electroencephalography (EEG)
- Heart rhythm measurement: Electrocardiography (ECG)
- Mindful Breathing Training
- At home
- At the University of Minnesota
- Combined tDCS with mindful breathing sessions
Participants will receive compensation for some of the visits in the study. Parking costs will be covered.