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About this app

Do you ever wonder if there is some rhyme or reason to how you think? How often are your thoughts focused on troubling topics, the past, the future, or memories and imaginative thinking? Mind Window helps you to track the way that you uniquely think and discover how these patterns of thought may affect your well-being.

Mind Window is part of a scientific research project, developed at the University of Arizona, to develop a large international database of thoughts in daily life. The purpose of this app is to identify patterns of thought by asking questions about user’s thoughts at random moments throughout their day-to-day life.


- Allows you to help develop an international research database of patterns of thought

- Check-ins provide a convenient reminder so that you can track your thoughts throughout the day

- Statistics:
- Let you discover what kinds of thoughts are commonly on your mind
- Learn about the patterns of thought you have
- Receive feedback that helps you identify how your thinking may impact your well-being
- Explore changes in thought patterns over time

- Customization:
- Choose an assistant to serve as your guide while using the app
- Explore results by day, week, month, or all times

- Using Mind Window will allow you the opportunity to participate in upcoming and collaborative research in psychology, genetics, and neuroscience.

*** Please note that Mind Window is a tool for use in scientific research. Users must be at least 18 years of age and fluent in English. An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.
Updated on
May 6, 2021

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
Learn more about how developers declare sharing
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted
34 reviews
Kortney Clements
June 12, 2020
A great idea and I'm thrilled to help with the research! The app needs a little work though. When a notification pops up you have 10 minutes to respond to it. When I tap the notification within that time window, on half of the occasions it will tell me that I missed it, even though I was in the 10 minute window. I hope that you can smooth this out so that your research is meaningful and accurate!
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The University of Arizona
July 1, 2020
Thanks for your comments, Kortney. It does seem that some devices are having problems accurately assessing the time period between a notification and a check-in's expiration. We will be revamping that part of the code in a future release and we hope that will resolve the issue. Please look out for that update and thank you for your contributions!
Thom May
September 18, 2020
App works ok. Unlike others who had trouble opening the survey after receiving a notification,, my version worked every time. I used the app for several days and completed 30 surveys. The interruptions to respond to the notifications are mildly annoying but would be worth it if the results provided me with meaningful insights, but alas I can't say I have benefitted. Sorry U of A but I'm dropping out (deleting app) because it's just not worth the hassle.
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The University of Arizona
October 6, 2020
Thanks for your feedback, Thom. The app is not intended to be used indefinitely so, ending participation when is appropriate for you, is completely ok! Thanks again for your participation.
June 8, 2020
Mind window surveys are too long. Got through several minutes on a single survey and realized I wouldn't have the time to complete these in a busy day. Also, it's very easy to miss multiple windows if you have your phone in your pocket at the wrong time. Uninstalled.
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The University of Arizona
July 1, 2020
Thanks for your review, A S. We tried to find a balance between gathering accurate information about thoughts in daily life (there are a lot!) and the impact to users. Most new accounts can be set-up in 12-15 minutes and each check-in takes about 2 minutes. If you try the app again, remember that you can skip a check-in if you don't have time!

What's new

The ‘Study Participation’ section has been updated in order to accommodate additional studies that some Mind Window users might be involved in.