Frequently Asked Questions

Who is conducting this study?

The UW Well-Being Study is directed by Professor Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D. He is joined by Principal Investigators Giulio Tononi, Ph.D. and Melissa Rosenkranz, Ph.D. along with a team of distinguished faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

What are you studying?

The purpose of this research study is to obtain information on the effect of long-term meditation practices on the brain and body.

How can I participate in this study?

To see if you are eligible to participate, click the “Join Our Study” button in the upper left corner of this page. Create an account by clicking the red text “Create One” at the bottom of the page and complete the questionnaires. Study staff will review the results of the survey and will contact you if you are eligible.

I don't live in Madison, WI - can I still participate?

Yes. If you qualify for the study and live more than 50 miles from Madison, WI, we will provide travel accommodations. This may include air travel, reimbursement for mileage (if driving), hotel, per diem and additional compensation for travel time. Please contact our staff at or (608) 263-0803 if you have any questions regarding travel.

Will I be paid for participating in this study?

You will be compensated for your time associated with participating in this study. In total you may receive up to $1635 for completing the study. Participation is completely voluntary, and you can withdraw at any time. If you do not complete the study, you will still be compensated for any time you have already spent in the laboratory. If you are traveling to Madison, you may also receive additional compensation for travel (see above).

How long will the study last?

If you participate in the study, your involvement will last approximately 10 months. During that time, you will attend 3 blocks of testing on the UW-Madison campus. Testing blocks consist of a series of visits to our facilities over 3-4 consecutive days, as well as at-home measures. The testing blocks will be scheduled 3-6 months apart. Study staff will work with you to schedule your visits.

How will I get to my laboratory visits?

Free visitor parking is available immediately outside the Waisman Center in the blue stalls. A visitor pass will be provided before your visit or when you arrive. Free visitor parking is also available at the Wisconsin Sleep Clinic, and does not require a visitor pass. If you do not have transportation, we can provide taxi service. The Madison Metro bus also has several main routes that stop at the Waisman Center. For more detailed information about all of these options, please go to our Contact Us page.

I have a vacation/travel planned during the study; can I still participate?

To be eligible to participate, you must be available for all study requirements. This includes laboratory time as well as class attendance. If your travel plans will not prevent you from attending study visits, then you may still participate. Before enrolling you will have an in-person screening visit; you should discuss travel plans and other scheduling issues with study staff at this visit.

I’m having trouble with the online questionnaire; who should I contact for help?

Please feel free to contact the Well-Being Study team with any questions about the online questionnaires. You may send your question via email to or call us at (608) 263-0803.

How do I set up an account to take the online questionnaire?

Once you click “Join Our Study” you will be directed to the online survey system. If you are a new user, click on the red text at the bottom of the page: “Don’t have an account? Create One

Then, enter your email address and a password. Your password must be seven characters and must contain one capital letter. Complete the “captcha” verification by entering the letters and/or numbers displayed. Then, click Register.

On the next page, enter your information into the form. Fields with an asterisk are required. When you have entered all your information, click Continue.

Your account has been created!

Now, use the email address and password you just created to log in.

The online questionnaire system asks you to verify your email. THIS IS NOT REQUIRED TO CONTINUE. If you have not received the email confirmation, you may continue to the questionnaires by clicking “To continue to log in click here”

I have registered an account but am not able to verify my email; what should I do?

Email verification is not required to complete the questionnaires. If you have trouble with the email verification process, you should try to log in with the email address and password you used to create your account. Feel free to contact the study team via email at or via phone at (608) 263-0803; we would be happy to answer any questions.

I have fillings and/or braces; can I participate in the MRI study safely?

Yes, most fillings and braces are MRI-compatible. A complete metal screen will be conducted before enrolling in the study, as well as immediately preceding each scan.

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