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Want to Improve Your Mood? - Research Study

You are invited to participate in a research study intended to examine the associations among mindfulness, negativity bias, behavioral avoidance, and emotions.  For more information, contact a researcher using the email below and a survey monkey link to the online prescreening will be sent. You will then complete an online survey about your mood, beliefs about the self, behavioral experiences, and emotions. The survey should take no more than one hour to complete. Completion of this online survey is the first part to a two phase study.  Based on your responses to the online survey, you may be eligible to complete the second phase of the study. If you do meet criteria for the second phase of the study, you will receive an email with a description of the second phase of the study and instructions on how to sign up for the second part of the study if you are interested.  You may participate in phase one, even if you decline to participate in phase two.  Approval of this research is on file with the WVU Institutional Review Board.

All information collected from this study is completely confidential and anonymous.

Participants in Phase 1 will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card for completing the online survey.

To be eligible to participate, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be fluent in English
  •  NOT have a history of psychosis, substance abuse, or suicidal thoughts
  • If you are taking medication for depression or anxiety, then you must have been taking the medication as prescribed for longer than 8 weeks.


For more information, contact Dr. Natalie Shook at or Lee McCluskey at

If eligible to participate in phase 2, you can earn up to $35 cash in financial compensation for your time.  Phase 2 will consist of three in-person sessions where you will be asked to complete a computer task and several surveys. These sessions will take approximately 1 hour.  Some participants will also complete a one session brief intervention for mild to moderate depression symptoms. The intervention will take approximately 1.5 hours. Once again, you may participate in phase one, even if you decline to participate in phase two.