Justin Wiggan’s Echo Point project is using sound to make the waiting room experience at the doctor’s office more relaxing. Using a pip device to measure “electrodermal activity (EDA) in your fingertips” (this gives us a good idea of whether your body is relaxing or stressing), SUBPAC, and a special soundscape he’s made to influence the listener’s breathing, Justin is focused on reducing patients' anxiety.
This is a promising look at how waiting room culture can better reflect the needs of patients especially given that a recent study showed how “music can calm nerves before surgery as well as a sedative”.
Justin has also been using sound to help Cornwall Council tackle mental health in their communities. You can learn more about Justin’s endeavors here: