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Headspace is an app aimed to bring the principles of mindfulness meditation to users’ busy and stressful lives. Created to be easy to use, customizable, and engaging, Headspace hopes 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 Headspace library includes single meditations, session packs, mediations for children, and animated meditations. Users can choose programs and progress through Headspace at their own pace. Additional features include meditation reminders, tracking your practice statistics, and inviting a buddy to join and meditate with.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 4.64/5.00

Overall Score: 13/14

Research Base: 3/3
Research Funding: 2/2
Proposed Intervention: 2/3
Consumer Ratings: 3/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 2/2

Date of Rating: March 2018


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 4.74/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 4.50
Functionality: 4.88
Aesthetics: 5.00
Information: 4.57

Subjective quality score: 4.88

Perceived impact score: 4.17

Rating date: August 2016
Rated by: Queensland University


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Transparency

Overall Score: Questionable

Overall Score: Questionable

Does the app have a privacy policy?: Yes
Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information, OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts/de-identifies the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?: Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information, OR state that user information is stored locally?: No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes


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More Information

Available For: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up
Developer: Headspace meditation limited
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare provider: No
Cost: Free
Get it on: Google PlayiTunes, Online

Research on this App

“1 -Explored wellbeing enhancement and the extent to which user experience related to wellbeing gains following a 10 day intervention with headspace. Results showed statistically significant increases in positive affect with a medium effect size and reduced depressive symptoms with a small effect size, although no statistically significant differences in satisfaction with life, flourishing or negative affect were found. 2 -Examined the feasibility and impact of a brief mindfulness intervention using a free smartphone application with a resident population. Participants used headspace to complete a 10-day program in mindfulness meditation, and completed surveys at the end of the program physician’s physicians’ increased perception of meditation’s usefulness for patients and increase in intent to discuss meditation with patients. 3 -Using a randomized controlled design, we assigned one group of participants to 30 days of mindfulness training with headspace (n = 54) and another to 30 days of brain training (n = 41). Mind wandering and dispositional mindfulness were assessed pre- and post-intervention via the Sustained Attention to Response Task (SART) and the Mindful Attention to Awareness Scale (MAAS), respectively. We found significant reductions in mind wandering and significant increases in dispositional mindfulness in the mindfulness training group but not the brain training group.”