This coming Friday will be the second exam of the semester for my students.
As you might imagine, students are starting to get a bit anxious, some more than others.
That’s why I was so intrigued when I read about this device that could help lower a student’s anxiety.
Researchers from the University of Bristol say hugging the cushion relieved the symptoms of stress in students before taking major tests. It was effective as meditation techniques, offering hope of settling young people down who may be stressing over their schoolwork. A growing body of evidence highlights the potential of neuroscientific wearables known as TouchPoints. They are clinically proven to provide fast relief from stress and improve sleep and focus.
Dr. Haynes and colleagues from the University of Bristol initially built several prototypes that simulated different sensations, including breathing, purring, and heartbeats. Each took the form of a soft, huggable cushion that is both intuitive and inviting. Focus groups identified the “breathing” version as being the most pleasant and calming.
The researchers then made a larger, mechanical cushion and recruited 129 volunteers for an experiment involving a mathematics test. Using questionnaires, study authors found those using the cushion were less anxious pre-test than peers who did not. In addition, Dr. Haynes noted that “conducting a formal psychological study found hugging the cushion had a similar effect as a breathing meditation in alleviating students’ anxiety when anticipating a test.”
So these breathing cushions seem like something colleges should be ordering by the hundreds, if not the thousands.
Combine these cushions with Comfort Caring Canines, and students might be so relaxed, they might fall asleep during the exam…