BioZen Smartphone App uses Biofeedback to Support Soldiers’ Mental Health

Biofeedback, a technique that uses electrical sensors to measure signals produced by the muscles, brain and other body parts, is often used to treat physical and psychological ailments. Now, a smartphone app is helping members of the military take advantage of biofeedback to combat stress. BioZen, available free for Android devices, works with six different body sensors that users can purchase online. The sensors measure signals such as breathing, skin temperature, brain waves and muscle activity, all indicators of how relaxed or stressed someone is. The app receives and displays this information, which can help users control their physical responses to stress. The app, also available to civilians, records the data and generates graphs so users can track their progress.

Population of focus: Serving military members

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Organization: Department of Defense