Over the last seven pandemic-ridden months, meditation app Headspace has seen its downloads double. The company made its offerings free for first responders and the unemployed, and the number of people using a specific “stressed meditation” series is up sixfold. And as CEOs have become increasingly more mindful of their employees’ mental health, corporations such as Tesco, Hewlett Packard Enterprises and Publicis have signed on for Headspace for Work, while Microsoft is even integrating the meditation service into its Teams platform.
Behind the scenes of much of this recent growth has been CeCe Morken, the woman who is currently serving as Headspace’s president and COO. She assumed the position in April after spending 13 years leading different business units at Intuit—but six months into the job, she’s getting
A BCI is an apparatus that allows an individual to control a machine or computer directly from their brain. Non-invasive means of control like electroencephalogram (EEG) readings taken through the skull are safe and convenient compared to more risky invasive methods using a brain implant, but they take longer to learn and users ultimately vary in proficiency.
He and collaborators conducted a large-scale human study enrolling subjects in a weekly 8-week course in simple, widely-practiced meditation techniques, to test their effect as a potential training tool for BCI control. A total of 76 people participated in this study, each being randomly assigned to the meditation group or the control group, which had no preparation during these 8 weeks. Up to 10 sessions of BCI study were conducted with each subject. He’s work shows that humans with just eight lessons in mindfulness-based attention and training (MBAT) demonstrated significant advantages compared to