Cross-Cultural Study on the Effects of 10 Days of Online Mind Sound Resonance Technique (Msrt) on State Anxiety, Stress, Quality of Sleep, and Mindfulness
Author(s): Chinmay Surpur
*, Elliott Ihm
, Jonathan Schooler
, H. R. Nagarathna
and Judu Ilavarasu
Objectives: The purpose of this pilot randomized control trial study was to understand the effects of a 10-
day online intervention of a yoga and chanting-based relaxation technique called Mind Sound Resonance
Technique (MSRT) on measures of anxiety, stress, sleep, and mindfulness. This study was conducted in
parallel within the United States and India. Two-hundred and ten participants were recruited for this
pilot study, fifty participants from India and one-hundred and sixty participants from the United States.
Participants were initially administered a series of questionnaires to assess measures of state anxiety, stress,
quality of sleep, and mindfulness. Each day, participants received a link at 9 AM local time containing
the practice video of MSRT. Upon completion of the 10-day intervention, participants were administered
the same series of questionnaires to assess any changes in the previously mentioned measures. Sixty-five
participants completed all portions of the study and were compensated. Data analysis was conducted,
showing no statistically significant differences after the intervention, including cross-cultural differences.
However, several sleep related questions showed statistically significant improvements in certain aspects
of sleep such as restfulness and an improvement in insomnia. Several confounding factors could have
contributed to the lack of statistically significant results. The findings of this pilot study suggest that further
refined research within the effectiveness of an online Mind Sound Resonance Technique intervention -
specifically on various aspects of sleep such as insomnia and quality of sleep - should be designed and
implemented. ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 22 (1): January ??? February 2021: XX XX.