A new, free mobile app makes it super easy for anyone to measure their respiratory rate.
The name of the app is “RRate”.
I downloaded it from the Apple app store, I tried it, and it works well.
Don’t expect anything fancy though.
All you do is tap on the screen for every breath you take (or for the person you are observing), and the app accurately calculates your respiratory rate in 10 seconds.
Clinicians usually take 60 seconds to do this.
Saving 50 seconds of your life may not be a huge time savings for me or for you, but for clinicians that is a valuable chunk of time.
If you want to find out if ASMR helps to calm your breathing, you could use this app while experiencing ASMR and compare it to using the app while not experiencing ASMR.
Here is the challenge of course; don’t alter your breathing based on the expectation of your outcome. That is called bias.
How could someone reduce bias with this experiment? Bookmark three YouTube videos; one is an ASMR video, one is a soft music video, and one is a heavy hitting thrash metal video. Recruit several individuals. Each individual listens to all three videos while someone records their respiratory rate.
An interesting outcome would be if the ASMR video slowed the respiratory rate down the most of all three videos.
I’ve totally oversimplified the potential experiments. There are many more considerations for good experimental design, but if this idea interests you then chat about with one of your teachers or professors, they will help you with the design.
Important point: anyone doing these experiments should submit it for approval to an Institutional Review Board prior to starting (Google away if you are unsure what that means).
If you interested in this app because you are having difficulties breathing somehow, don’t waste time downloading it – go see a clinician immediately!
And then you and the clinician can chat about this app.
They might be pretty happy to use it in practice, and you will be pretty happy to be breathing normal again.
That is a win-win.HERE to read more about the app.
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