La Trobe Research


You are invited to participate in this new investigation into how our thoughts and perceptions about other cultural groups in society can impact our personal wellbeing. 

Your responses will contribute towards developing a greater understanding into how Australians think and relate to others and themselves, with an aim to help create a more inclusive Australia that nurtures its cultural diversity.  This online survey will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes of your time to complete in a location of your choice and your participation is voluntary and anonymous. 

More information and access to the survey can be found via the following link:

This research is being conducted as part of an Honours thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology and Counselling, La Trobe University. Feel free to contact the Student Investigator, Ariane Virgona, with any further questions or concerns on  or the Chief Investigator Associate Professor Emiko Kashima on Tel: 03 94793829. 

Also, as a thank you for your time, you can go into the draw to win one of twelve gift cards valued at $50.00! 

Once again, your participation is not only integral to help understand how thoughts and feelings about others impact wellbeing outcomes, but also how this can be used to foster a more inclusive Australia. 

Research Study into Mindfulness, Meditation, and Well Being 

In the School of Psychological Science at La Trobe University, we're conducting research on the relationship between a three-week, online course of guided mindfulness meditations and well being. During these meditations, you would practice techniques such as becoming more aware of your breathing, or focusing attention on developing an attitude of compassion for yourself and others. We're looking for participants who are older than 18, who have Internet access, and who have experienced a hurtful event in which a person they know treated them unfairly or hurt them a lot (e.g., a disagreement with a friend or spouse). Prior experience with meditation is not required but people who have previously practiced meditation are very also welcome to partake. If you are interested in participating in the study, or would like further information, please contact Kara Boscarato by phone or email (0435 859 993 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Participants will receive a $30 gift voucher and will go into the draw to win one of 10 double passes to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra once they complete the full three-week course.

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