Guided Imagery Training and Self-Referential Processing

Therapuetic Areas:Psychiatry / Psychology
Age Range:18 - 45
Start Date:March 17, 2017
End Date:July 2017
Contact:Justin Dainer-Best

Use our guide to learn which trials are right for you!

The purpose of this study is to examine the efficacy of a guided imagery paradigm for
reducing negative ways of thinking about the self. There will be at least 60 participants
enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin. Participants will be randomly selected to
receive one of two types of trainings, each over the course of two weeks. Participants will
undergo the training exercises at home. The training exercises will help them to think
differently about themselves.

Participants will be able to determine if they are eligible, and then participate, by
filling out a screening questionnaire online.

This study uses a randomized controlled trial to compare two types of guided imagery. One
intervention is an active intervention; the other is intended to be inert. These
interventions were developed based on extensive research indicating the efficacy of using
imagery in depression, and a perceived lack of treatments targeting biased self-referential

This protocol aims to develop a novel intervention which can be used on its own or as an
adjunct to existing treatments. Common treatments for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) are
diffuse; this paradigm instead aims to specifically target negative self-schema, a part of
the cognitive model of MDD. This study focuses on participants with elevated depressive

Inclusion Criteria:

- willing and able to provide informed consent

- elevated depressive symptoms -- i.e., a score above a 13 on the Center for
Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CESD)

Exclusion Criteria:
We found this trial at
Austin, Texas 78712
Principal Investigator: Justin Dainer-Best
Phone: 512-232-4750
Austin, TX
Click here to add this to my saved trials