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"Muse Meditation Assistant is designed to give you real-time feedback on your brain activity. Make your meditation easier and stay focused." Evaluated: December 2019

The below evaluation is an example of the types of information you may find when using our Model to assess specific apps. This sample evaluation is not intended to enable you to make a decision about choosing these specific apps for actual use, as such a decision is a personal one that you will make based on your own unique preferences, needs, and evaluation. We strongly encourage you to download these apps for yourself and use our Model to conduct your own assessment.

This evaluation was completed December 6th and 7th, 2019, and is based on publicly available information found by our Panel at that time. In June 2020, APA's contacted the app developers and offered to them an opportunity to provide feedback on these assessments. Comments from developers who responded are included here. These comments do not necessarily reflect publicy available information at the time of the original assessment or presently.

 Access & Background

On which platforms/operating systems does the app work? Does it also work on desktop?

iOS and Android.

Has the app been updated in the last 180 days?


Does the app identify ownership?

Yes, InteraXon, Inc.

Does the app identify funding sources and conflicts of interest?

Yes, the app connects to research articles, research partners, as well as businesses.

Does the app come from a trusted source?

Yes, an established device company.

Does the app claim to be medical?

No, "Interaxon's Muse headband is not a medical device and Interaxon is not a licensed medical or healthcare provider and has no expertise in diagnosing, examining, or treating medical conditions of any kind."

Are there additional or hidden costs?

Yes. App is free to download, but there is a subscription required to unlock guided meditations. Additionally, the $120 wearable device is required for some functions in the app.

Does the app work offline?

Yes, only with associated wearable device. Without the wearable, access to guided meditations are available offline with subscription.

Does the app work with accessibility features of the iPhone/Android? Is it accessible for those with impaired vision or other disabilities?

Company claims that it does on their website.

 Privacy & Safety

Is there a transparent privacy policy that is clear and accessible before use?

The reviewer was able to find a privacy policy.

Does the app collect, use, and/or transmit sensitive data? If yes, does it claim to do so securely?

Yes, the app collects/transmits sensitive data, but does not comment on whether it does so securely.

Does the app declare data use and purpose?


Does the app describe use of PHI?

Yes. The app discourages users from divulging PHI and states that, if they do, PHI will be subject to their Privacy Policy.

Can you opt out of data collection or delete data?


Is data maintained in the device or on the web?

Yes, stored online, but unclear if also stored on the device.

Does the app explain security systems used?


What third parties does the app share data with?

Shares with many third parties. These are listed in app under "sharing."

If appropriate, is the app equipped to respond to potential harms or safety concerns?

Not in any way that this reviewer was able to determine.

 Clinical Foundation

Does the app appear to do what it claims to do?

The app itself offers guided meditation; for full functionality to support developers' claims, user must purchase separate, wearable device, a headset, for full guided meditation experience. See app page for more details.

Is there evidence of specific benefit from academic institutions, publications, end user feedback or research studies?

Yes, for the wearable device. Found here.

Does the app have a clinical/recovery foundation relevant to your intended use?

Yes, for the wearable. There is also a research program for the wearable with device partners.

Is the app content correct, well-written, and relevant?

Unclear without subscription to access services; purports guided meditation.

What are the relevant sources or references supporting the app use cases?

Research studies available online and through website in developer reserach portal.

Was there an attempt to validate app usability and feasibility?


Is there evidence of effectiveness/efficacy?

Yes, for the device, and for select populations. Found here.


Does the app seem easy to use?

Only with the separately purchased wearable.

What are the main engagement styles of the app?

Challenges reminders; real-time feedback; audio; biofeedback; education; visual; graphs; rewards; journaling

Do the app and its features align with your needs and priorities?

Individual choice for relaxation/mindful practice options.

Is it customizable?

Yes, through different types of guided meditations and other user settings based on individual needs.

Does the app clearly define its functional scope?


 Therapeutic Goal

Can data be easily shared and interpreted in a way that's consistent with the stated purpose of the app?

Shared only through screen and the wearable device.

Do you own your data?


Can the app share data with EMR and other data tools (Apple HealthKit, FitBit)?

Shared only through screen and the wearable device. Lacking the wearable device, user may be unable to take advantage of 100% of guided meditation features, thus not necessarily conforming to the stated purpose of the app.

Is the app for individual use or to be used in collaboration with a provider? If intended to be used with a provider, does the app have the ability to export or transfer data?

The app is intended for individual use, through the platform, to allow clinicians to monitor use in the app.

Does the app lead to any positive behavior change or skill acquisition?

Possibly; unknown until actually using app/wearable.

Does the app improve therapeutic alliance between patient and provider?

Possibly, only after experience.

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