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Meditation Experience is designed to give users access to community based meditation experiences, as well as offering individual meditation track downloads for purchase. Users create an account on Chopra.com prior to using the app. Once the user account is activated online, the home screen displays a list of available Free Experiences. Free, 21-day meditation experiences for all users/subscribers are offered periodically through the Chopra.com team. If there are no free experiences currently available, users can purchase meditation tracks or listen to 15-20 minute sample tracks. The app relies on users’ access to the web-browser to make purchases on Chopra.Com that can be accessed and downloaded on a mobile device. The meditations consist of instrumental tracks with narration, performed by television personality Oprah Winfrey, and physician/alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra, M.D

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Credibility

Overall Score: 2.85/5.00
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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 3.13/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 2.60
Functionality: 3.75
Aesthetics: 3.67
Information: 2.50

Subjective quality score: 1.75

Perceived impact score: 2.67

Rating date: February 2018
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

Does the app have a privacy policy?: Yes

Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information?: Yes

Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts OR de-identifies the entered data?: 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 that users can use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information?: No/Can’t Tell

Does the privacy policy state that users can delete entered information?: Yes

Does the privacy policy state that users can edit entered information?: Yes

Overall Score: Questionable


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More Information

Available for: iOS 7.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch), Android 4.1 and up
Developer: Chopra Enterprises
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness
Targeted Conditions: Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Not specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages available in: English
Where to get it:
 iTunes, Google Play

Cost: Free with in-app purchases

Research on this App

There is no direct research support for the Meditation Experience App, but the benefits of mindfulness and meditation on psychological health and well-being are well documented (for review, see Grossman et al, 2004). Meditation is one type mindfulness strategy that has demonstrated success in the management of mood and anxiety disorders (e.g. Kabat-Zinn et al, 1992), physical illness (e.g. Boyle et al, 2017) and overall stress (e.g Oman et al, 2008). In randomized control trials, mindfulness strategies (including mediation) have been shown to increase activity in areas of the brain associated with self-control, attention, and immune function (e.g. Davidson et al, 2003, Taren et al, 2017 )

Boyle, C. C., Stanton, A. L., Ganz, P. A., Crespi, C. M., & Bower, J. E. (2017). Improvements in emotion regulation following mindfulness meditation: Effects on depressive symptoms and perceived stress in younger breast cancer survivors. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 85(4), 397.

Davidson, R. J., Kabat-Zinn, J., Schumacher, J., Rosenkranz, M., Muller, D., Santorelli, S. F., … & Sheridan, J. F. (2003). Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation. Psychosomatic medicine, 65(4), 564-570

Grossman, P., Niemann, L., Schmidt, S., & Walach, H. (2004). Mindfulness-based stress reduction and health benefits: A meta-analysis. Journal of psychosomatic research, 57(1), 35-43.

Oman, D., Shapiro, S. L., Thoresen, C. E., Plante, T. G., & Flinders, T. (2008). Meditation lowers stress and supports forgiveness among college students: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of American College Health, 56(5), 569-578.

Peterson, L. G., & Pbert, L. (1992). Effectiveness of a meditation-based stress reduction program in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Am J Psychiatry, 149(7), 936-943.

Taren, A. A., Gianaros, P. J., Greco, C. M., Lindsay, E. K., Fairgrieve, A., Brown, K. W., … & Bursley, J. K. (2015). Mindfulness meditation training alters stress-related amygdala resting state functional connectivity: a randomized controlled trial. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 10(12), 1758-1768