Our main research started whilst at university, where we had been investigating the benefits of nature related stimulus upon our mental state; the process is called multisensory integration. We completed an EEG pilot research in 2018; additionally we collected many related EEG studies to prove our concept.
Today’s technology allows meditators to use digital tools that help them reach that level faster, much in the same way as meditation techniques such as Transcendental Meditation do. There is a wide array of meditation technology currently being developed and already in use. However, the most popular technology among those who meditate is apps. Applications can be downloaded onto most smart devices, such as phones, tablets, laptops, computers and even TVs. Therefore, we can make use of meditation apps almost everywhere we go.
Unfortunately, these apps have some limitation in terms of human-computer interaction. The current available solutions only allows passive audio-video experience for the users. In contrast, our research results show that the sense of smell plays an important role in the physiological effects of mood, stress, and meditation. Therefore our aim to bring the smell experience together with audio-visual contents and develop a neurofeedback device for sensory meditation practices.
After many experiments we came to the conclusion that those people who were exposed to aromas and well-chosen audio-visual content of nature, showed more increased alpha wave activity during open-eye mindfulness meditation, therefore we were able reduce stress naturally. In 2020 we are planning to run more neurofeedback experiments using this phenomenon to give real-time sensory experience via a brain-controlled interface.
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The following article presents an overview of types of sensory solutions using Nature stimuli.
Brainstorm Visualisation of recorded EEG Data by Mind monitor using Muse headband. The following guidebook aims to give a step by step guide to setup a Brainstorm EEG visualisation environment for recorded EEG data using MUSE headbands.
Let me introduce a friend of mine who is inspired by our project. He believes that Neurofeedback is a promising way of helping people come to a more peaceful and healthy state of mind and has been proven effective in treating diseases like anxiety and ADHD. The mission of Willem Eijdems is develop a neurofeedback software with equipment that is affordable to most people. So he developed an App to visualize EEG brainwaves in real time, display different graphs, do neurofeedback sessions or make a recording and analyse the results afterwards. He Says : It’s great to work together with some young people to find out what is useful and encourage them in their investigation.
We are happy to introduce his Free ERP EEG Research Software that is compatible with the MUSE© EEG headband.
With Neuro Visual© you can display all kinds of EEG graphs in real-time, make a recording to playback later or use the APP for neurofeedback training.