The sonic cradle, created by Jay Vidyarthi, Bernhard Riecke and Diane Gromala, is designed to explore how media might engage the human mind into a process of “immersion” without complex visual displays or narrative story-worlds. Says Vidyarthi, “We have developed a framework which depicts immersion as the psychological process of integrating crude sensations into the experience of cohesive worlds. The Sonic Cradle aims to exploit this framework to help catalyze “immersion” into one’s own breathing.”
As clinicians embrace pro-active and preventative approaches, patients’ ability to promote and manage their own health is becoming critical. While there are many medical technologies designed to prevent and treat physiological problems, there are relatively fewer systems specifically geared toward psychological support.
Contemporary evidence points to mindfulness meditation as an effective therapeutic tool for psychological self-regulation. With this in mind, the Sonic Cradle was designed to help people manage stress by facilitating a meditative attentional pattern. The goal is twofold: first, to trigger the proven effects of mindfulness on stress, and second, to help teach and demystify the concept of meditation for users’ long-term benefit.
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