Date

12-2015

Degree Name

BA in Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies

Department

Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Program

Advisor(s)

Jane Lehr, Michael Haungs, David Gillette

Abstract

This report discusses the creation and research behind a new mindfulness meditation application called Mindful Mustangs, which is created for the students of Cal Poly SLO. The goal of this mobile website is to use the various techniques used in mindful meditation to reduce the stress and anxiety that college students regularly face. With the onset of iOS and Android applications, similar health and behavioral applications are on the rise. The increase of these applications calls for a certain type of design and a robust analysis must be done to ensure the psychological health of the user. Mindfulness applications such as Stop, Breathe & Think and Calm have adopted different information architectures and aesthetics that are proven to achieve lower anxiety levels in the user. Understanding the features that contribute to the positive effects of these applications helped create Mindful Mustangs and can help develop more powerful psychological and behavioral applications in the future.

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