Measuring Mindfulness

How can one measure mindfulness?
What is this app besides a timer?

Well, one thing that we’ve made easier is based on a suggestion by Richie Davidson, who states that a very simple measure of mindfulness is simply counting one’s breaths. Basically, you can use the Counter page to count breaths, pressing the right button on every breath. Then on every 9th or 11th breath, you press the left button, which will reset the counter. When you are done with a meditation session, you will have a series of counted breaths. That data can be analyzed to determine if you miscounted (e.g. counted lower or higher than 9) and to determine your average breathing rate (to monitor how it changed over time). There is a script to do this analysis which can be obtained by writing to info @ psygraph . com .

To make the counting process easy to do without looking at the screen, you can tap on the screen instead of pressing the buttons. On each screen with buttons, the right button can be pressed by tapping once anywhere in the lower potion of the screen. Similarly, the left button can be pressed by double-clicking. If you are holding the phone in your hand, remember to turn off shake-detection for the Counter by visiting the page settings.

We are currently working to make psygraph easy to use: any suggestions are welcome.

the Psygraph development team


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