Episode 070 :: Ariel Garten :: Muse, the Brain Sensing Headband

| May 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ariel Garten

Ariel Garten speaks with us today about mindfulness and the brain sensing headband, Muse.

What would it be like to have an auditory nudge, to help you notice just as attention starts to wander? We’ve all been subject to that tendency for our minds to move, flitting from past to future and back again, rehearsing and rehashing, but rarely just settling into our experience, just as it is, right now. There are many opinions about using biometric devices to lend a helping hand as we develop attention, but whatever you thoughts on the matter, technology is providing new possibilities for the meditator to explore.

Ariel Garten is the Founder and Chairman of InteraXon, makers of Muse. Ariel studied neuroscience at the University of Toronto and worked in labs at Toronto’s Krembil Neuroscience Centre researching Parkinson’s disease and hippocampal neurogenesis. Ariel’s uncommon combination of science and art is integral to the design of Muse and to InteraXon’s unique approach to brain sensing technology. InteraXon debuted with the creation of “Bright Ideas”?, Ontario’s feature showcase at the 2010 Winter Olympics, where visitors in Vancouver got to control the lights on the CN Tower, Niagara Falls and the Canadian Parliament buildings with their minds, from across the country.

Special thanks to Anastasia Fox for her coordination of today’s interview.

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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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