Cove builds instrumental music to match an individual’s mood (ranging from gentle, clouded, playful, longing, calm, to struggling). It may be most helpful for those experiencing stressful scenarios in which verbal expression does not seem to be effective. The app is founded on the idea of expressive therapy – improving one’s emotional and mental health through self-expression. This integrative approach for emotional expression attempts to capture and illuminate the complex mixture of feelings and subjective perceptions that oftentimes accompany mood. The initial mood rhythm is supplemented by bases and melodic patterns with a filter as a finishing touch. This degree of variation allows for layered generation of “mood music” with the opportunity to assign emotional buttons and written details before being archived in a music journal. Cove can be utilized at any time to track and express emotions and was developed primarily for adolescents, but is appropriate for use by all age groups.

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Overall Score: 2.50/5.00

Research base 0/3
Research support 1/2
Specificity of proposed intervention 2/3
Number of consumer ratings 1/3
Product advisory support 1/1
Software support 2/2

Total 7/14

date of rating: May 2017

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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 4.33/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 4.70
Functionality: 4.75
Aesthetics: 4.33
Information: 3.53

Subjective quality score: 3.25

Perceived impact score: 2.25

Rating date: November 2017
Rated by: Queensland University

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Available for: iOS 8.1 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
Company Name: Humane Engineering Ltd.
Classification: Mindfulness
Targeted conditions: Mood disorders
Target demographics: Adolescents, adults
Special provider necessary: No
Languages Available in: English
Where to get it: iTunes App Store