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MUSE Headband - a Quantified Self Exploration


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A personal, quantified self study into the MUSE headband and measuring the biofeedback function's efficacy in inducing mindfulness versus unassisted methods.

Note this was a totally independent study

Published in: Health & Medicine

MUSE Headband - a Quantified Self Exploration

  1. 1. Muse Headband An exploration Gary Monk 27th October 2015
  2. 2. Introduction • Muse is a brain sensing headband • It assists mindfulness/meditation by helping to calm the mind • Muse measures brain signals to understand your level of ‘calm’ • A companion app helps to understand your progress and provides insights
  3. 3. Objective Muse senses the brain signals and measures the relative degree of calm. It simultaneously provides biofeedback, via headphones and a sound track that varies between a soft breeze and a violent storm depending on calm levels. This prompts the user to focus on calming their thoughts N=1 (personal) study to understand if using the biofeedback element of Muse during meditation actually increased calm levels
  4. 4. Method In all instances Muse was worn to measure calm during meditation sessions. In the first set of measurements (No Muse) the biofeedback was switched off – simply by not wearing headphones. In the second series of measurements (With Muse) the biofeedback was enabled Sessions were 12 minutes long
  5. 5. Method (cont.) To account for other factors such as baseline level of calm, variation due to events, time of day etc 2 experiments were devised In the first experiment the Muse biofeedback was employed before and a session directly after was performed that did not employ biofeedback. In the second experiment the Muse was employed without biofeedback first and a second session directly after was performed that did employ biofeedback.
  6. 6. 20.00 37.50 55.00 72.50 90.00 % Calm No MUSE With MUSE 80% 60% 78% 70% 67% 75% 76% 40% 66% 67% 53% 49% 57% 64% 47% 66% Muse biofeedback before
  7. 7. 20.00 37.50 55.00 72.50 90.00 % Calm No MUSE With MUSE 84% 54% 52% 70% 63% 63% 87% 57% 68% 40% 46% 79% 60% 40% 53% 38% Muse biofeedback after
  8. 8. Results • Both streams demonstrate Muse with biofeedback switched on had the best results in increasing calm levels • Muse biofeedback before generated 69% calm versus 58% with biofeedback switched off • Muse biofeedback after generated 68% calm versus 46% with biofeedback switched off
  9. 9. Conclusion • Muse biofeedback produces a deeper level of calm • Biofeedback after produced a bigger difference – possibly as the mind had not already been calmed by the biofeedback • A personal observation, was the use of Muse developed meditation into a habit and increased meditation time per day
  10. 10. Thank you Twitter: @garymonk Blog: Linked In: