Study Findings: Updates for Participants

Dear Participants,

We are very thankful for your participation in our research. Below are a list of published resources for each study that was conducted by the StAR Lab since it opened in 2012. 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. Accepted.

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

More to come…

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.

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 Studies (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.