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Headspace is an app aimed to bring the principles of mindfulness meditation to users’ lives, and 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 professional: No
Languages Available: English

Cost: Free
Get it on: Google PlayiTunes, Online

Research on this App

In a randomized controlled trial, 95 participants were randomly assigned to use either Headspace (n = 54) or a brain training app, Lumosity (n = 41) for 30 days. The Headspace 65% female with a mean age of 41.4 years, and the Lumosity group was 71% female with a mean age of 43.4 years. Mind wandering and dispositional mindfulness were assessed pre- and post-intervention. Results showed significant reductions in mind wandering and significant increases in dispositional mindfulness in the mindfulness training group but not the brain training group. In another study, participants were randomly assigned to use Headspace (n = 57) or a list-making application called Catch Notes (n = 64) for 10 days. Participants in the Headspace group were 83% female with a mean age of 39.7 years, and participants in the Catch Notes group were 88% female with a mean age of 40.8 years. Results showed significant increases in positive affect and reduced depressive symptoms in the Headspace group, but not the Catch Notes group. No statistically significant differences in satisfaction with life, flourishing or negative affect were found. A third study randomly assigned women with breast cancer to Headspace (N = 57) or waitlist control (N = 55) over 8 weeks. Participants assigned to Headspace reported higher quality of life, compared with those assigned to the waitlist control. Headspace participants also reported higher dispositional mindfulness.