I’m hoping to help my daughter use Muse and Muse Monitor for a simple, grade 5 science project.
The idea is to introduce various stimuli (visual and auditory) and record the impact on calmness.
We were looking at the alpha waves. For a test, we played a calm rainforest scene, while I relaxed. Then, we played a sound clip of nails on a chalkboard.
I’ve done a couple of trials and am seeing (potentially) the opposite of what I would expect. It appears that alpha is higher on the calm sound scheme and lower on the nails on the chalkboard scene.
Any suggestions? Maybe I’m reading the data wrong.
This type of experience is what is puzzling to me also. Would love someone with knowledge to chip in.
I think that’s really cool that your daughter is working on such a science fair project.
I’m not sure if you still needed this answer, but I think that the results you saw are to be expected. Alpha waves are associated with relaxation states, so a higher alpha wave activity while you are supposedly calm is to be expected.