Okay. I was just working with James on the VB script to create a graph and he gave me this information regarding reading the graph. Here’s my question to him:
Question; Does this graph(attached) mean that I’m primarily in the
ALPHA state (blue line) as I’m unsure of how to read the graph:
The short answer to your question is Yes, but it’s more complex than that!
“Alpha state” isn’t really a thing. Alpha has a value, all of the time.
It goes up and down every second. When you’re relaxed, it is on average higher, so that’s what you’re looking for, rather than it being an on/off thing.
To analyse, you need to know what your “normal” level is. Everyone is different. That’s why the Interaxon Muse app spends a few minutes telling you to think of stuff at the beginning during the training. This is to take a baseline level from which it will calculate if your Alpha is higher during meditation.
So what you really want to do, is record 5 to 10 minutes of you thinking about complex math problems, then meditate for 15 minutes and compare the difference to see how you’re doing.
To Aid this, you can inject data markers into the recording so you can note down when you’re trying to relax etc. Turn on data markers in the advanced settings (scroll right to the bottom).
In general when you’re meditating, you will see Alpha rise up above the other waves and Gamma stay lower; which is what you’re seeing in your screenshot! So well done ;-)… but because it’s only 2 minutes of data, it’s not definitive.