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Digital Medicine in Meditation

Using wireless monitoring to understand the body’s response to meditation


The practice of meditation has been part of human society for at least 5,000 years. This long history of meditation practice has persisted with the belief in its beneficial effects on the mind and body. There is no doubt that there is a strong mind-heart connection, although it remains poorly understood, especially in a medical or biological sense. 

Many of the body’s interactions are thought to be regulated by the autonomic nervous system, which evidence suggests can be influenced by meditation. Despite that, widespread acceptance of meditation as being important for improving wellness is hindered by the limited data available defining its benefits. We hope that with the Digital Medicine in Meditation research study we will help to scientifically illuminate some of the benefits of meditation. Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) is excited to collaborate with the Chopra Center on this project. With STSI’s experience and expertise in digital and personalized medicine we hope to offer advanced insight into the body’s response to meditation by wirelessly and unobtrusively monitoring heart and brain activity during meditation.

This study will take place during the Seduction of Spirit retreat at the Chopra Center, November 3-9, 2013. Participants will be asked to complete very short questionnaires at the beginning and the end and also wear 1-3 monitoring devices during select sessions of the retreat. Participation only lasts for the duration of the retreat. If you are interested in participating and would like to find out if you are eligible for the study, please complete the ELIGIBILITY QUESTIONNAIRE. If you would like to read more about the study before considering participation, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page. Additionally, if at any point in this process you would like to discuss this study with the staff at STSI, please feel free to email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 858-554-5758 / 858-554-5747.