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Muse is a wearable device in the form of a comfortable headband designed to sense the electrical rhythms of the brain (much like an EEG). The headband is coupled with a smartphone app that monitors the user’s brain electrical activity in real time. Users receive immediate feedback about their brain activity and guidance so that a “calm” or meditative pattern can be achieved. Use of this device over time is thought to help reduce distractibility, improve stress control and improve mood.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 3.20/5.00

Total score: 9/14

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

date of rating: June 2016


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 4.90/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 5.00
Functionality: 4.88
Aesthetics: 5.00
Information: 4.72

Subjective quality score: 4.75

Perceived impact score: 4.67

Rating date: November 2018
Rated by: Queensland University


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More Information

Available for: Specific Apple and Android devices (see list). The product combines a physical headband with an app.
Developer: Interaxon
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Adults
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English
Cost: $199.00
Get it on: Online

 

Research on this App

The following studies are research on the effectiveness of neurofeedback, and are not research specific to the Muse product:

  1. Bink M, van Nieuwenhuizen C et al: Neurocognitive effects of neurofeedback in adolescents with ADHD: A randomized controlled trial. J Clin Psychiatry 75:535-542, 2014
  2. Peeters F, Oehlen M et al: Neurofeedback as a treatment for major depressive disorder – a pilot study. PLoS One.2014 Mar 18;9(3):e91837. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0091837. eCollection 2014
  3. Gruzelier JH, Thompson T et al: Application of alpha/theta neurofeedback and heart rate variability training to young contemporary dancers: state anxiety and creativity. Int J Psychophysiol 93:105-111, 2014
  4. Koprivova J, Congedo M et al: Prediction of treatment response and the effect of independent component neurofeedback in obsessive-compulsive disorder: a randomized, sham-controlled, double-blind study. Neuropsychology 67:210-223, 2013
  5. Nazari MA, Mosanezhad E et al: The effectiveness of neurofeedback training on EEG coherence and neuropsychological functions in children with reading disability. Clin EEG Neurosci, 43:315-322, 2012
  6. Kouijzer ME, van Schie HT et al: Is EEG-biofeedback an effective treatment in autism spectrum disorders? A randomized controlled trial. Appl Psychophsiolo Biofeedback 38:17-28, 2013.
  7. Nelson DV, Esty ML: Neurotherapy of traumatic brain injury/posttraumatic stress symptoms in OEF/OIF veterans. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 24:237-240, 2012.
  8. Hammer BU, Colbert AP et al: Neurofeedback for insomnia: a pilot study of Z-score SMR and individualized protocols. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback 36:251-264, 2011
  9. Gruzelier JH: EEG-neurofeedback for optimizing performance. I: A review of cognitive and affective outcome in health participants. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 44:124-141, 2014
  10. Ros T, Munneke MAM, Ruge D, Gruzelier JH, and Rothwell JC: Endogenous control of waking brain rhythms induces neuroplasticity in humans. European Journal of Neuroscience, 31:770-778, 2010
  11. Vidyarthi J and Riecke BE: Interactively mediating experiences of mindfulness meditation. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 72:674-688, 2014