Mona Ghanbari Noshari

Doctor of Philosophy, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2020
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Citation

Thesis Title
What Do Mindfulness Scales Measure? Expectation Effects Examined

The increasing popularity of mindfulness practices has seen an accompanying growth in research. However, most past research has focused on the beneficial aspects of practicing mindfulness, usually without comparison to a control group, meaning that the results may not be real effects. Ms Ghanbari aimed to see whether there were expectancy effects for mindfulness practice by designing two different studies, and recruiting 120 participants across three different groups (the passive control, active control, and experimental groups). A before and after test design was employed. The results confirmed expectancy effects (expecting a given result) for mindfulness as compared to the control conditions. Therefore, Ms Ghanbari suggested that researchers need to be cautious in evaluating self-reports of mindfulness practice due to expectancy effects.

Supervisors
Dr Heather Kempton
Dr Ute Kreplin

Publications

1.Dr. A. Khanzadeh, M.Ghanbari, "Assessment of Social Skills in Students with Mental Retardation from Perspective of Teachers". Paper Presented at the 5th World Conference on Educational Sciences, 05-08 February 2013, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. This paper published in Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences by ELSEVIER.

2.M.Ghanbari, M. Mojalal,  F. Pakzad, Dr. M. Khosrojavid, “Early Maladaptive Schemas, Body Image, and Self-Esteem in Iranian Patients Undergone Cosmetic Surgery Compared with Normal Individuals”. Practice in Clinical Psychology Journal, URL: http://jpcp.uswr.ac.ir/browse.php?a_code=A-10-155-1&slc_lang=en&sid=1, Published: 2015/03/5

3.Dr. A. Khanzadeh, M.Ghanbari, M.Taher, Z.Habibi "The Role of Religious Attitude and Coping Strategies in Explaining Life satisfaction". Paper presented at 3rd WORLD CONFERENCE on INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY-University of Barcelona, 14-16 November 2012, Barcelona – Spain. This paper published in Procedia-Computer Science Journal (ISSN: 1877-0509) by ELSEVIER.

4.Dr. A. Khanzadeh, M.Ghanbari, “Designing and validation of social skills curriculum for students with mental retardation". Paper Presented at the 3rd WORLD CONFERENCE on INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY-University of Barcelona, 14-16 November 2012, Barcelona - Spain. This paper published in Procedia-Computer Science Journal (ISSN: 1877-0509) by ELSEVIER.

5.M.Ghanbari, Dr. A. Khanzadeh, Dr. M. Khosrojavid" Comparison Early Maladaptive Schemas in Couples on the Verge of Divorce and Normal Couples". Paper Presented at the 5th World Conference on Educational Sciences, 05-08 February 2013, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. This paper published in Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences by ELSEVIER.

6.K.Moghtadaei, M.Ghanbari, “The Relation between Metacognitive Beliefs with Mental Health in Students". Paper presented as a Poster at the 6th NATIONAL SEMINAR of Mental Health in Students. Guilan, Iran, Guilan University, May 2012.

7.K.Moghtadaei, M.Ghanbari, “Training Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on Psychological Symptoms in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome".