Sonic Cradle is an interactive system designed to encourage a meditative attentional pattern akin to mindfulness. Users are comfortably suspended in a dark chamber where they use respiration as a means to focus and control an immersive soundscape. Basic interpretive qualitative methods along with three quantitative scales, Affect Grid, Toronto Mindfulness Scale, and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, that assess mood, mindfulness, and anxiety, respectively, were used to analyze data of 30 participants after 15-minute sessions of both Sonic Cradle and self-guided relaxation. This talk is part of a larger study and will only discuss the Toronto Mindfulness Scale. Results suggest that Sonic Cradle may help to induce a mindfulness-like state and offers a unique experience compared to simply trying to relax in a dark room without any assistance. With mounting evidence implying mindfulness meditation as an effective practice for self-regulation, our results are promising that Sonic Cradle can be an effective tool in cultivating and increasing psychological well-being. Moreover, Sonic Cradle can be instrumental in introducing mindfulness to non-meditators or those who are unable to learn mindfulness through more traditional means.
I presented my paper on “Sonic Cradle: Investigating Meditative Aspects of an Interactive Technology” at the 2014 GRAND conference in Ottawa (Kitson, Riecke, Vidyarthi, 2014).