increased activation in the Executive Network, suggesting an increase of thinking, analysis, or problem solving.
In addition to the above effects, it also appears that the SoundSelf practice has a positive effect on mood states. Overall, subjects in this study reported a significant decrease of negative mood states such as tension and confusion, and a significant increase in positive mood states such as calmness and happy. It is noted that these same patterns were observed in the control condition.
The overall results of this pilot were very positive and suggest that the SoundSelf VR experience may have the capacity to induce states similar to those observed with traditional psychedelics.
Future studies should obviously include a larger sample size. In addition, it would be helpful to examine the impact of a longer SoundSelf session as well as the response to persons with psychedelic experience. Further, it may be valuable to examine individual subjects that have very strong responses to the practice to learn what it was that facilitated the experience for them.
Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D.