KSU Research Finds Muse Meditation Drastically Reduces Middle-School Student Office Referrals

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Interaxon
Inc.
, the world leader in consumer brain-sensing technology, today
announced report findings by a Kansas State University (KSU) pilot study
revealing that the Muse brain-sensing headset improved the focus and
behavior of 8th grade middle school students, measured by the
number of office referrals for disciplinary action. The study was
conducted in a middle school with 434 students and the individuals
selected to participate in the study did so over 20 weeks; the
demographic was evenly split among male and female students; 54 percent
of students were economically disadvantaged and 40 percent were
minorities.

The Muse brain-sensing headband uses EEG sensors to detect brain
activity in users as they meditate. It then provides real-time feedback
via an app, prompting users to re-focus their attention. Over time,
repetitive training on re-focusing helps users develop stronger
mindfulness and focus as well as better stress control and improved
mood. The KSU study used the Muse meditation headband and found that
there was a significant statistical difference in students’ office
referrals after participating in the program, with referral numbers
dropping from an average of 6.33 office referrals to an average of 1.78.

In addition to a reduction in office referrals, students reported the
following qualitative experiences:

  • Students used words like “soothing,” “calming” and “relaxing” to
    describe the experience
  • Students indicated they could focus without the headset after the
    meditative exercises
  • Students indicated they heard the sounds of their meditative sessions
    as they used relaxation techniques at school and at home – without the
    device.

The study was conducted by Tonnie Martinez, Ph.D. and Yuanyuan Zhao,
G.R.A. who are part of the Kansas State University College of Education.

“At the KSU College of Education, much of our research agenda focuses on
innovating in the classroom,” Martinez said. “Students carry exceptional
amounts of stress with them to school, and conversations with frustrated
teachers and administrators led me to consider new ways of impacting
office referrals and ultimately student success. This pilot study
clearly demonstrated the Muse headset as a promising tool in an
educational setting that is both nonmedical and noninvasive.”

About Interaxon:

At Interaxon,
we develop engaging experiences using brainwave-sensing technology
designed to help you free yourself from physical, emotional and mental
obstacles so you get more out of every moment. Our mission is to enable
you to live a happier, healthier and more connected life with leading
brainwave technologies and experiences. Our flagship product is the Muse
headband, a sensory headband that is designed to help you meditate by
providing you real-time audio and visual feedback on your meditative
state through the Muse companion app. More information about Interaxon
and the Muse headband is available at http://www.choosemuse.com/.

About the Kansas State University College of Education:

Located in Manhattan, Kansas, the KSU College of Education is the
largest teacher preparation program in the state. The college has
amassed 12 national and regional awards since 2010 and offers
bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees both on campus and online. For
more information about the KSU College of Education, please visit
coe.k-state.edu.

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