Anima Tablet for Mindfulness
Researchers at the University of Lancaster have developed Anima, a tablet device for users to colour mandala shapes to improve mindfulness. Mandalas are centuries-old geometric configurations of shapes that have their origins in Buddhist traditions. The colouring of mandala shapes is increasingly popular as a way for people to attempt 'mindfulness', a way of being present in the moment, and which has been associated with helping people to improve their mental health and well-being . Researchers have developed a new prototype that can monitor people's brain signals while they are colouring mandalas and produce real-time feedback on a peripheral display to represent levels of mindfulness. It could aid the learning, and training, of focused attention mindfulness techniques and help people deal with stress, depression and other affective health disorders.