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Fostering Mindfulness with MUSE Biofeedback Technology

As we return from reading week, assignments and exams will slowly start to fill our schedules. It is important to practice self-care and stay mindful of creating healthy habits outside of the academic life. Our Peer Wellness Coaches (PWCs) provide appointments for students interested in improving their eating, developing proactive mindfulness strategies, or who want to quit or cut down on substance use (i.e., alcohol, tobacco, and/or cannabis). Appointments are held at the Gregory David and Neil Rossy Health Promotion Hub, across from Student Wellness Services in Mitchell Hall. Book an appointment with our PWCs to learn how to master mindfulness with Muse!



How Muse Biofeedback Technology Works

Students use a guided meditation app and a MUSE headband that passively senses your brain activity. You receive real-time feedback to help you stay calm and focused. Once your session is over, you can review your results with a peer or staff member and can track your progress.


Muse utilizes EEG technology to detect various states of your mind, such as active and distracted, neutral and at rest, or calm and deeply focused (Muse, n.d.). It then transforms your brain activity into ambient sounds of nature (Muse, n.d.). If your mind wanders during meditation, you'll be greeted with the sounds of waves, wind, or rain (Muse, n.d.). These subtle cues serve as a reminder to refocus on your breath (Muse, n.d.). In moments of clarity and calmness during meditation, soothing nature sounds indicate that you are in a serene state (Muse, n.d.).



Muse technology allows you to:

  • See your brain activity after every meditation

  • Track how much time you spent in a calm, focused state

  • Understand how many times you lost focus while meditating

  • Use insights from the Muse app to improve the quality of your meditation practice


If this sounds like something you'd like to try, click here to book your appointment with our Peer Wellness Coaches!


References

Muse. (2024). How it Works. Retrieved February 16 from: https://choosemuse.com/pages/how-it-works




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