Study Findings: Updates for Participants

Dear Participants,

We are very thankful for your participation in our research.

This page is dedicated to disseminating the results for each study conducted by the StAR Lab. If you are part of the 50+ community, you may also recieve this informtion in a more digestible form through the StAR Lab Newsletter. This newsletter is sent annually to participants who have signed up to recieve research updates. Please contact if you are interested in signing up for the newsletter.

If you are unable to access a resource listed below, please contact Dr. Fiocco (

Implementing the JAVA Music Club in Retirement Homes: Impact on Cognitive and Psychosocial Wellbeing (from 2018 – 2019)

Millett, G., & Fiocco, A.J.  (2020). A pilot study implementing the JAVA Music Club in residential care: Impact on cognition and psychosocial health. Aging and Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2020.1758919.

Mindfulness for Caregivers of Persons with a Neurodegenerative Disease (from 2014 – 2017):

More to come…

Mallya, S. & Fiocco, A.J. (2019) The effects of mindfulness training on cognitive and psychosocial wellbeing among older family caregivers of persons with neurodegenerative disease. Mindfulness.

Mallya, S. & Fiocco, A.J. (2018). The impact of informal caregiving on cognitive function and wellbeing in Canada. International Psychogeriatrics, 30(7), 1049-1055. doi: 10.1017/S1041610217002605

Music Listening and the Stress Response (from 2014-2017):

Peck, K., Totosy de Zepetnek, J., Fiocco, A.J. (revised and resubmit) Music listening does not inoculate the stress response in young and older adults. Submitted to International Journal of Stress Management.

Biopsychosocial Study (BPS; from 2014-2019):

This relatively large study of 200 older adults will result in multiple manuscripts. Stay tuned!

D’Amico, D.D., Huang, V., & Fiocco, A.J. (2020). Examining the Moderating Role of a Mediterranean Diet in the Relationship Between Perceived Stress and Cognitive Function in Older Adults.  Journals of Gerontology.  pii: gbaa030. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa030. [Epub ahead of print]

Mindfulness for Healthy Older Adults (from 2012-2014):

Fiocco, A.J., Mallya, S., Farzaneh, M. & Koszycki, D. (2018). Exploring the benefits of mindfulness training in healthy independent community-dwelling older adults using a mixed methods approach. Mindfulness.

Mallya, S. & Fiocco, A.J. (2016). Effects of mindfulness training on cognition and wellbeing in healthy older adults. Mindfulness, 7(2), 453-465.

Fiocco, A.J.  & Mallya, S(2015). The importance of cultivating mindfulness for cognitive function and psychological wellbeing in late life. Journal of Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 20, 35-40. doi: 10.1177/2156587214553940

SONA Research and Research in Younger Adults (Since 2013, *denotes thesis student):

Huang, V., Young, M.* & Fiocco, A.J.  (2017). The association between video game play and cognitive function: Does gaming platform matter? Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking. 20(11): 689-694. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2017.0241.

Fiocco, A.J.  & Hunse, A.* (2017). The buffer effect of therapy dog exposure on stress reactivity in undergraduate students. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (7), 707 doi:10.3390/ijerph14070707.

Nastaskin, R*. & Fiocco, A.J. (2015). A survey of diet self-efficacy and food intake in students with high and low perceived stress. Nutrition Journal. 14:42 doi:10.1186/s12937-015-0026-z.