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Wednesday, April 26 • 9:20am - 9:40am
The Effects Of Coloring On Stress

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Adult Coloring books are a popular trend in today’s pop culture. Although coloring books are commonly thought to have positive effects on one’s anxiety and stress levels, little research exists to support these claims. Muthard & Gilbertson (2016) evaluated the “effectiveness of mandala coloring paired with focused breathing in reducing negative affect, state anxiety, and psychophysiological stress response following a psychosocial stressor” (p16). Findings indicated a modest positive effect on stress after coloring mandalas in combination with mindful breathing. Researchers suggested several modifications for future research including: having a task for the control group; independently assessing the effects of mindful breathing on participants. The present research will examine how coloring affects one’s stress levels, using two experimental groups (a coloring group and a mindful breathing group) and one active control group (transcribing a paragraph). Researchers will evaluate stress levels through a self-reported pre and post stress level survey and pre and post assessment of physiological responses. Using these results researchers will look at the independent effects of coloring on one’s stress as compared to mindful breathing and an active control task.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 9:20am - 9:40am
406 Wilma Sherrill Center

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