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McCann Worldgroup Hong Kong and Cigna Inspire the World to See Stress Differently


The first-of-its-kind technology visualises the physical signs of stress in the body and mind in real-time

McCann Worldgroup Hong Kong and Cigna Inspire the World to See Stress Differently

McCann Worldgroup Hong Kong partnered with Cigna International Markets in their latest initiative, which is helping the world see stress differently. The Stress Visualisation Experience was unveiled at a global launch event in London which took place on Thursday 19 September. 

As the lead agency for Cigna International Markets, McCann Worldgroup Hong Kong created the campaign, pulling in specialist teams from its network -- McCann, MRM//McCann, McCann Health and CRAFT, and from multiple offices -- New York, Singapore, Bangkok, Taipei, Dubai and Johannesburg.

According to the 2019 Cigna 360 Well-Being Survey, 84% of the world population suffers from stress*, but what many people don't realise is that stress is constantly impacting both the body and mind. The physical symptoms are often invisible until stress turns into chronic stress, a leading contributor to severe long-term conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and insomnia. To make the invisible visible, McCann Worldgroup and Cigna partnered with doctors, technologists and renowned digital artist, Sean Sullivan, to build proprietary stress visualisation kits to help people see the signs of stress on the body and mind for the first time. Each kit gathers a user's stress readings using an EEG headband that detects Alpha and Beta brainwave activity, a heart rate sensor and a Galvanic Skin Response sensor to measure stress-related skin conductance.

These readings then flow into an algorithm which interprets the data into an artistic motion portrait that dynamically changes shape and colour in real-time to reflect your overall stress at that moment. The visualisation aims to raise awareness of stress’s impact on your physical health, however, it is not intended to be a diagnostic tool for chronic stress.