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If this sounds like you, the Muse could provide the help for which you are looking. The Muse is a non-medication-based treatment device that uses compact electroencephalogram (EEG) technology and biofeedback data to monitor and record brainwaves, then produces easy-to-read charts and graphs which allow the user to track their progress. Utilizing Bluetooth technology and a paired phone app (available in the App Store and the Google Play Store), Muse categorizes and reports brain signals into three types: active, neutral, and calm. Translating these signals into the sounds of weather, users will hear heavy rainfall when their mind is an active state and the chirping of birds when their mind reaches a calm state.
Kentlands Psychotherapy is proud to offer treatment services that incorporate this technology. We have been very pleased with the initial results our patients have achieved and would be happy to discuss the possible appropriateness of incorporating this treatment modality into your care.
Book an appointment: Dr. Elizabeth Carr or any of our other clinicians can integrate this technology into their treatment plans.
How does Muse work?
Muse uses 7 EEG brain sensors to detect your brainwaves, 2 on the forehead, 2 behind the ears, and 3 reference sensors. The fully certified and completely risk-free device does not stimulate electrical activity, it passively reads brain waves in order to provide the user with real-time biofeedback. The Muse website details some of the science behind the reading of the brain waves: “Muse detects a range of brain electrical activity and transforms it into easily understandable experiences. The Muse app transforms raw brain signals into many different components – noise, oscillations, non-periodic characteristics, and transient and event-related brain events. Signal processing and machine learning techniques are applied to the brain signal components to control the experience in real-time” (2018). Using this state-of-the-art technology, Muse is able to train beginning and intermediate meditators to finely hone their focusing by optimizing breathing and relaxation techniques.
What research has been conducted?
Muse has been used internationally by researchers, developers, neuroscientists, and health professionals to gain a deeper understanding of brain health and brain function. The Muse technology has been used in multitudinous research studies, including those of NASA, the Mayo Clinic, UCL, MIT, and many more. This groundbreaking research has correlated the use of the Muse device with increased grey matter density, reduced thinning of the prefrontal cortex, decreasing amygdala activity (associated with stress response), and increased resilience. A 2018 study by the Catholic University of Milan found that users of Muse experienced a 16% reduction in stress, improvement of mental performance and reaction times, and changes in resting brain states, similar to those of mindfulness meditators, all in just four weeks!