The Room is an isolated space protected from noise and furnished with various equipment for the production and enhancement of the effects of digital and non-digital therapeutics.
There are a number of different reasons for using digital therapeutics in the controlled conditions. For example:
- Auditory or visual deprivation can only be effectively produced in such conditions. The deprivation itself serves as a trigger for many processes, in particular, activation of neuroplasticity.
- Manipulation of time perception is impossible in other conditions, and time distortion itself is an amplifier or an integral part of many therapies. For example, we can accelerate the positive processes of the intermittent fasting in a much shorter period.
- Today we hardly find time and place to do something without being distracted by external stimuli. Some therapeutics need to be done 40-60 minutes at a time, and such a space minimizes the possibilities for any distraction.
- People do not like to be alone with their thoughts and nothing else to do, even for 5-15 minutes. They are ready to painfully electrocute (Wilson et al., 2014). Anything, even ‘boring’ protocol programs, will be consumed with attention and perceived as interesting. Their effect will be enhanced by the brain’s “hunger for stimulation”.
- Implicit impacts are enhanced if you immediately sleep for 90 minutes after them (Shaikh & Coulthard, 2018) and this is easy to do in the room.
- Digital detox itself, as shown by recent studies of recent years, significantly reduces anxiety and restores strength, even within a few minutes.
In April-May 2018, we conducted several studies of the Room, which were extremely useful. Many more tests are planned for 2019.
Shaikh, N., & Coulthard, E. (2018). Nap-mediated benefit to implicit information processing across age using an affective priming paradigm. Journal of Sleep Research, 23(10), 12728.
Wilson, T. D., Reinhard, D. A., Westgate, E. C., Gilbert, D. T., Ellerbeck, N., Hahn, C., . . . Shaked, A. (2014). Just think: the challenges of the disengaged mind. Science, 345(6192), 75-77.