Headspace is a web-based program and multi-platform app designed to bring the principles of mindfulness meditation to users’ busy and stressful lives. Created to be easy to use, customizable, and engaging, Headspace can be used to improve concentration and mood, reduce anxiety, and increase productivity. Users can complete a 10-session free trial before deciding to purchase a subscription that provides access to a wide variety of sessions and programs. The program is flexible, and users can progress through Headspace at their own pace and on their own schedule. Headspace may be a good choice for users who are looking to reduce mild to moderate levels of stress in their daily lives.

Available for: Computers (PCs and Macs) and Mobile Devices
Company: Headspace, Inc
Classification: Mindfulness
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders, PTSD and Other Anxiety Disorders
Target demographic: Adults and Adolescents
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language version available: No
Where to get it:  iTunes or Android

Consumer rating

4.8/5 (5)

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PsyberGuide rating: The research and support basis of the product

Total score: 7/14

Basis of research: 0/3
Source of funding for the research: 0/2
Specificity of proposed intervention: 2/3
Number of consumer ratings: 3/3
Product advisory support: 0/1
Software support: 2/2

date of rating: June 2016

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MARS rating

  • Two experts rated the MARS
  • Quality scores range from 1 to 5, where 5 is the maximum score

Objective quality score: 4.74

Subscale scores:

Engagement: 4.50

Functionality: 4.88

Aesthetics: 5.00

Information: 4.57

Subjective quality score: 4.88

Perceived impact score: 4.17


Independently rated by the Queensland University of Technology

Date of rating: August 2016

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Expert review

Read the expert review by Nancy A. Haug, Ph.D.

Research on the product

Research page: https://www.headspace.com/science :   this link is to Headspace’s “The Science” page, where you can find information produced by Headspace Inc about the empirical basis for their product. You can see that a great deal of research has been done recently on mindfulness meditation in general; however, there is no available research specifically on the product or its claims.

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