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Why train my brain with Muse?

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It motivates you to change your brain

Studies show that the focused-attention and mindfulness exercises upon which Muse is based can cause the brain to change itself, making it more resistant to distractions. Muse makes this process more motivating, fun and efficient.

 
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It improves how you respond to stress

In the short-term, this training has been shown to trigger the natural relaxation response – a state of deep rest that changes the physiological and emotional responses to stress. Your metabolism decreases and your heartbeat slows. The muscles relax, breathing becomes slower, and blood pressure decreases.

 
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It gives you a lasting feeling of self-control

Stress is thought of as a perceived lack of control or unpredictability, associated with impaired cognitive performance, higher blood pressure, lowered immunity, and many more negative effects. Muse strengthens the ability to regain the feeling of self-control, which counteracts stress  (how does it work?).

The skills you learned through training with Calm are transferable to other life situations. The internal capability of increased focus, better attention control, and better self-regulation are skills that will carry you through life.

 
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It can improve your emotional state

We often think of distraction as something external, like the sound of a nearby conversation. However, Muse’s feedback algorithms are tailored to respond to both external and internal distractions (what does it measure?).

When you learn how to manage and respond to emotionally charged thoughts, it improves not only your focus, it also improves your self-awareness – the key facet of emotional intelligence. This can lead to decreased emotional reactivity, and increased positive emotion.

 
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Extended use can have amazing and lasting results

A study showed that 20 minutes of focused attention training for 3 days in a row has been shown to reduce anxiety, improve mood, and reduce heart rate. Research on longer sessions has documented other benefits, like increased grey matter density, reduced thinning of the prefrontal cortex, decreasing amygdala activity (associated with stress response), and increased resilience – basically, an overall beneficial change of the brain’s structure and function.

 
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It is designed to help you form the habit

Research has shown using an app and starting with 3-5 minutes can dramatically help you with mental exercises like meditation. Muse starts you with 3 minute sessions and rewards you for your achievements, making sure it’s easy and motivating to train with Muse (What are people saying?).

 

 

Muse provides three types of feedback

 

 

 

During Session

 

After Session

 

Over Time

How does it work? 

If you want to build your strength and endurance, you can do repetitive physical exercises like running or walking. Similarly, to improve a specific cognitive skill like attention, you can perform a repetitive mental exercise and reap the benefits over time.

Muse is the mental equivalent of a treadmill, which helps you exercise your brain with focused attention training. It improves your attention by training you to become aware of your distractions quicker and react faster to regain focus on what you’re doing.

Before

Whether you’re working, reading a book, driving, or trying to sleep – distractions get in the way. Your mind strays to things completely unrelated – a situation which Harvard University researchers found leads to unhappiness.

 

During

Muse guides you through focused-attention exercise. When your mind wanders, you receive real-time feedback which allows you to identify your distractions immediately and train your focus and concentration.

Muse provides feedback to let you know you’ve been distracted.

 

After

After exercising and strengthening the muscle of attention over time, you become more and more immune to distraction and better able to focus and be productive. And as research shows, you will be happier too.

Over time, your Muse training teaches you to catch your distractions earlier and keep focused.

Muse - Step By Step

1. Connect to the App

Begin by connecting Muse to the app on your mobile device via Bluetooth. You only need to do this once. Once paired, Muse will automatically try to link to the last device it connected to.  Learn more at our Frequently Asked Questions.

  
 

2. Take the Tutorial

The first time you use Muse, you’ll be led through a simple tutorial that teaches you how to adjust the headband for a good fit and to ensure it’s reading your brain signals correctly.

 

 

3. Calibrate

Your brain is different every day. To calibrate itself before each session, Muse will take a snapshot of your brain in an active state. Muse uses this snapshot as a reference to understand your brain signals (what does it measure?). For each calibration, Muse listens to your brain signals for 60 seconds as you perform a simple brainstorming task. 

  
 

4. Perform a Guided Exercise

At the core of the Muse training is an exercise designed to helpreduce stress, alleviate anxiety and increase focus and concentration. Muse gives you feedback about your brain in real time by translating your brain signals into the sounds of wind. When your mind is calm and settled, you hear calm and settled winds. When your mind is active the winds will pick up and blow. Learning to keep the winds calm trains your brain to stay focused and resist distractions.

 

 

5. See Your Results

After each session, you’ll see how you did through a series of graphs and charts. Track your progress over time and earn points to unlock new features. Muse will show you how your brain did from moment to moment through simple, easy to understand graphs and charts. View your whole session at once, find out the amount of time you remained calm during a session and get helpful tips on how to improve future scores (FAQ: what does my session data mean?).

  
 

6. Track Your Progress and Achieve Your Goals

Your results are saved in a private account. Use the Calm app to follow your progress over time and learn new things about your own mind. To help keep you motivated and improving, Muse also gives you points, goals, challenges and bonuses to strive for. With every session you earn points, and can adjust your goal to fit your needs.

 

 

7. Improve Over Time

Muse is based on focused attention-based training exercises, which have been shown to produce many benefits over time (why train my brain?). The final step of the process is noticing the differences in your daily life. Enjoy greater composure and focus through regular sessions with Muse (what are people saying?).

  

What does it measure?

 

Muse: the brain sensing headband is a brain fitness tool that measures brain signalsmuch like a heart rate monitor senses your heartbeat.  Muse’s 7 finely calibrated sensors – 2 on the forehead, 2 behind the ears plus 3 reference sensors – detect and measure the activity of your brain.

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Based on the science of EEG 

Electroencephalography (EEG) is the measurement of electric activity produced by the brain. The neurons in our brain communicate by sending small electric impulses to each other. When a large number of neurons fire at the same time they create a change in the electric field we can measure from outside the head. When neurons fire, we can calculate the strength of certain frequencies and correlate to general states of mind.

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The most well-known frequency band is the so-called Alpha wave, which includes frequencies from 8-12Hz. People exhibit the strongest Alpha waves when they relax with their eyes closed.  As another example, the brain emits ‘Delta’ waves (0-4Hz) when we sleep (FAQ: types of brain waves).  Muse looks at the balance of these frequency bands in your brain, and how that balance changes over time. It’s these changes in your brain that identify when your mind is calm and focused, and when it is wandering (how does it work?).

afe, trusted, certified.

 

Muse has been tested and certified in accordance with Canadian, USA and European regulatory standards (FCC, UL, CE).

The measurements Muse takes are harmless to people and only provide information about your general state. Brain sensing has been used in hospitals and research institutions for over a century to study various aspects of the brain’s function.

Muse uses Bluetooth to send information to your mobile device. Bluetooth radio waves are roughly 100 times less powerful than a cell phone radio waves and  is used in millions of devices designed to be worn on the head, like headsets and headphones.

View our Frequently Asked Questions for more.

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Muse Sensors and Fit

 

Brain signals are very weak and they can range from 1 microvolt to 300 microvolts (a microvolt is one millionth of a volt).  Some perspective: an AA battery is 1.5 million times stronger than the weakest brain signal.  For that reason, it’s really important that good contact is made with the Muse sensors and your skin.

Muse was built with you in mind.  Our aim was to create a headband that’s comfortable to wear while maximizing contact with the skin.  After many prototypes and extensive testing, Muse was born.  It is beautiful, comfortable and easy to fit while providing a strong reading of your brainwaves for accurate feedback.   When you pair Muse with the Calm app, you are taken through a brief tutorial to ensure best fit.

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Calm: the application for Muse

Signals from the sensors are analyzed by Calm, Muse’s application.It’s available for download on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.Calm guides you through focused attention training exercises (how does it work?), and delivers real-time feedback while you train (what are people saying?)

 


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