The doppel app includes five preset rhythms to help you get started. Each preset is based on our research into how different rhythms affect how people feel and how our brains understand our own heartbeat. A person’s reaction to a rhythm depends on their physiology and so we use the resting heart rate you enter into the app to personalize each preset.
In the beginning, as you get used to how doppel works, we really recommend experimenting with different rhythms in the scenarios that you intend to use doppel. For example, you'll notice the calming effect is a lot more evident when you already feel stressed or nervous, which will help you discern which settings you prefer within these moments.
Learn more about how our preset rhythms work below
Use this rhythm to feel calmer in busy or stressful situations
Other doppelgängers use this rhythm to keep cool under when under pressure at work, to help with nerves, and to stay calm and steady throughout the day.
This preset is based on our most recent scientific study. In the trial, participants using doppel at just below their resting heart rate felt a tangible and measurable calming effect across both physiological and psychological levels. Read more at feeldoppel.com/science
Editing tip: Like in our published study this preset is set just below resting heart rate, but some doppelgängers like to mimic their resting heart rate instead. You are most likely to experience your resting heart rate just before you fall asleep or when you first wake up - two of the moments when the body is most relaxed.
Use this rhythm to help switch off when you need to
Other doppelgängers use this rhythm to wind down after a long day, to relax before going to sleep, and as a meditation aid.
Humans respond intuitively and naturally to different rhythms, and this preset is based on research which shows that slower tempos result in calm and positive emotional states. Just like slow music, when doppel is set much slower than your resting heart rate, it will help you to relax.
Editing tip: Just like your favorite relaxing music, soothing rhythms are personal. We’ve found that many of our doppelgängers like to test different settings before finding the perfect rhythm. doppel can go as low as 30 BPM giving you lots of options to try.
Use this rhythm to concentrate on what you need to do.
Other doppelgängers use this rhythm to focus on something important at work, to concentrate while studying or stay anchored throughout the day.
This preset is calculated using your resting heart rate. It’s designed to help you feel stimulated but without feeling distracted.
Editing tip: Our research shows that people feel most able to focus when doppel’s setting is in the range just above resting heart rate. But preference is very important, so try changing the tempo by a few beats to see if you enjoy it more.
Use this rhythm when you need a boost of energy
Other doppelgängers use this rhythm to get through a slow afternoon at work and build up the energy to go the gym.
This preset is based on the science behind music. Humans respond to all sorts of rhythms, and music is one of the best examples. Music with tempos above 120 BPM not only helps to give you the energy you need to dance, but it will help you to feel energized as your breathing rate and other body rhythms rise with the beat.
Editing tip: Dance music clusters around tempos like 120 BPM and 128 BPM. The music played by marching bands usually varies between 120 BPM and 140 BPM. Use the rhythm editor to see if faster rhythms work better for you.
Why should I try editing a preset rhythm?
So why should you try editing a preset if they are already personalized?
Well, firstly, your feelings are more complicated than a BPM. Only you know how you feel and only you can know exactly how much you like a particular rhythm. Preference matters. Our presets are based on our research, but everyone is different. Just because one person finds our presets to be perfect, doesn’t mean that you won’t prefer your favorite calming rhythm to be slightly slower, or your favorite energize rhythm to be slightly faster. Everyone’s physiology is unique and so there’s no reason why your favorite rhythms shouldn’t be unique too.
It’s also important to think about the situation you plan to use doppel in. For example, ‘calm’ means different things to different people. One person might want to work towards a ‘highly-focused calm’ when completing a high-pressure task but a more ‘relaxed calm’ when they feel stressed. In each situation, the person might use a different rhythm, but both are helping them to feel calm.
Many of our customers like to test out different rhythms in different situations - feelings are very personal, so do what feels right for you. If you don’t like your new rhythm, you can always change it back!