Neurosphere Research

Our goal is to make the advantages of neuroscientific technology, emotional intelligence research and meditation more accessible to everyone. Therefore we invite all students, researchers and artists to use our technology for their research. Join our collaboration program!

Data from pilot study

We gathered data in a pilot study in Switzerland with a cohort of 45 participants. Preliminary data indicate significant increases in levels of relaxation and diminished levels of subjectively experienced stress levels in participants who completed the trainings.

First Results

Preliminary data from a four months-training: Participants practiced three times a week for 10 minutes with our Neurosphere app at their workplace.

Stress level decreased by

19%

Relaxation level increased by

27%

Our method combines the advantages of Meditation and Neurofeedback.

Meditation

Meditation has been practiced for centuries. One of the most common types of meditation is mindfulness meditation (MM) Meditation allows an increased awareness of senses and feelings in the moment, without interpreting or judging what is experienced. Practicing MM involves breathing methods and guided imagery. You learn to pay attention to the flow of inner thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations. No judging. Just observing. You can learn to develop awareness for physical and emotional feeling, thoughts, sounds, smells.... Step by step you can train your consciousness and have a life full of moment-to-moment experiences.

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that uses real-time displays of brain activity. The EEG method interprets brain waves: the electrical pulses from masses of neurons communicating with each other. During neurofeedback training (NFT) the waves are analysed and a feedback is given (in our case: a sound you choose yourself), whenever your brain shows a certain pattern. This sound “rewards” your brain. Studies have shown that NFT is an efficient, fast, non-invasive and low-cost way to improve cognitive performance and short term memory as well as emotion regulation. .

Studies have shown that the practice of neurofeedback as well as mindfulness meditation help to reduce stress and to increase mental and emotional well-being.

Our Neurofeedback based meditation program connects the best of both worlds: ancient meditation and state-of-the-art brain training methods

Our solution is flexible in time and duration. You can use it at your workplace, university, art studio, home or even in church! Wherever you want to. All you need is the hardware we deliver, the app, and a spare 10 minutes

We believe in bringing research about meditation and brain training to the next level.

Use the Neurosphere technology to expand your own project. Get in touch with us! Join our collaborative program!

References

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