Dr. Jeff Tarrant founded the NeuroMeditation Institute in order to research the neuroscience principles of different meditation states. He came up with a taxonomy of four different types of NeuroMeditation that include Focus, Mindfulness, Quiet Mind, and Open Heart. Tarrant has been collaborating with VR companies like HealiumXR in order to help to create real-time biofeedback immersive experiences based upon his models of brainwave activities in a variety of different meditative states. The NeuroMeditation Institute also investigates how other technologies can help cultivate meditative states, which includes EEG, audiovisual entrainment, heartrate variability, transcranial direct current, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, photobiomodulation, vibroacoustic therapies using a Subpac, and Non-Ordinary State Psychotherapy.
I talked with Tarrant at the Consciousness Hacking Awakened Futures Summit covering the neuroscience signatures of the different states of meditation, his journey into using biofeedback as a therapeutic tool, the potential of creating customized exercises for meditators based upon real-time biofeedback, and how he’s working within VR to help provide feedback in order to create immersive environments to help cultivate specific meditative states of consciousness.
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