October 20-21 Boston, MA

StressLess Study

Opportunity to Manage Stress: StressLess Study

Interested in stress management? You may be eligible to participate in a research study to find if wearable technology (Spire & Muse) could help you manage your stress.

This research is being conducted by Partners Connected Health, at Partners HealthCare. The purpose of this study is to find out if the Muse and Spire devices can help manage stress. We are hoping to gather information on how people choose and use technology to manage stress.

  • Spire has been designed as a discrete clip-on tracker that monitors changes in respiration rate. With the companion app, this device alerts the user and displays erratic breathing rates on a smart phone in real-time. Studies show that controlled breathing reduces stress.
  • Muse is a headset device that uses EEG (electroencephalogram) sensors that measures electric brain frequencies. Muse guides the user in a form of simplified meditation by giving feedback in real time (i.e. calm, neutral, active) and audio clues to improve concentration. Previous studies have shown that engaging in meditation has the potential to reduce anxiety and stress

We are seeking to enroll 126 participants for a period of 9 weeks. All study procedures will be completed remotely through the Compass mobile application.

You may qualify to participate if:

  • You are over 18 years old
  • Willing to participate in the research study and sign the informed consent
  • Own an iPhone (software version 8.2 or higher)
  • Have internet connection (data & wifi)
  • Are willing to wear a study provided Spire device (during all hours excluding sleep)
  • Use the Muse device 3-5 times a week for the duration of the study

If you would like to participate in this study please click the link below to download the Compass app. 


For instructions on downloading the Compass, please click here.

If you have any question about the study, the study procedures or Compass please call study staff at 617-724-3605

Thank you for your interest in the StressLess study!


Read Dr. Joe Kvedar's blog about the StressLess Study/