Muse® Fact Sheet
Muse teaches focused attention meditation. It measures your ability to focus during meditation and helps guide you from a distracted to a calm state of mind.
Muse has been featured in numerous scientific journals. Hundreds of third-party research papers have been published featuring Muse as both a meditation tool and as an open, accessible, low-cost brain research platform.
Research Studies on Meditating with Muse
1) In a study through Partners Healthcare’s Center for Connected Health, study participants who used Muse showed a measurable reduction in stress and increased resilience.
2) Dr. Norman Farb’s laboratory at the University of Toronto showed that six weeks’ regular use of Muse in healthy adults resulted in improvements in attention, as well as reduced somatic symptoms (headaches, pain, discomfort, etc.) on the Brief Symptom Inventory.
3) The laboratory of Prof. Michela Balconi at the Catholic University of Milan showed that four weeks with Muse created a physiological change akin to a more relaxed baseline brain state and improved cognitive performance, compared to controls.
Another Interesting study
To measure monks’ brain activity, Olav Krigolson’s team used a MUSE headband that records brain waves and displays them on a laptop in real time. The study of 27 monks recorded brain activity at rest, during meditation and while playing video games.
Researchers found that monks’ brains are still very active in meditation. Their analysis shows monks’ brains were more relaxed, focused and in sync during meditation compared to when they were at rest. Krigolson said his team has found meditation also has a “carry over effect.”
When Monks played video games after meditating, he noticed their neurons were more responsive to visual stimuli. These findings could be helpful in keeping the brain active as people grow older. Krigolson’s brain data suggests meditation would be a good idea to “stave off the effect of aging,” but he said more research is needed.
It is very easy to use, makes meditation more enjoyable and helps take the guesswork out of a beginner’s meditation practice. Just start the app, put on the headband, close your eyes and focus on your breath, body movement, heart rate and mind.
Is Muse safe?
Muse has been tested and certified in accordance with US, Canadian and European safety standards (FCC, UL, CE). Data is transmitted via Low Energy Bluetooth, just like smart watches and fitness trackers.
Is there a delay between my brain activity and the feedback I hear during the meditation?
Yes. you will experience a SLIGHT delay. There is approximately 1-2 seconds off real-time feedback. It takes a little getting used to but it is not a problem for most users.
What about experienced meditators? Why would I need a device like this?
Muse offers experienced meditators a chance to gain deeper insights on their practice with practically real-time feedback while motivating them along the way (even experienced meditators fall off track!). It also allows them to explore other types of meditation and ways to connect with their body, mind, heart and breath.