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Ariel Garten – InteraXon_Alt

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In Episode #111, Ari shares the Less Doing podcast with [Ariel Garten]( the CEO of InteraXon, and designer of [MUSE™]( _the brain sensing headband_. Ari takes this opportunity to ask Ariel about the history and technology behind MUSE™, as well as the science the human brain. ** **

**Time Stamped Show Notes:**

– 18:29 – Introduction of Ariel Garten of InteraXon

– 18:50 – Ariel explains the MUSE™ headband

– 19:15 – How Ariel started this project and how the brain became a topic of interest

– 19:50 – The first generation of the MUSE™

– 20:50 – The MUSE™ tracks a whole range of specific brainwaves from ½ hertz up to 100 hertz including Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta and Gamma

– 21:25 – The different wavelengths are associated with different things, which Ariel defines

– 21:38 – Gamma

– 22:10 – Beta

– 22:38 – Alpha

– 23:17 – Delta

– 23:21 – Theta

– 23:30 – Why focus on helping people improve their calm and focus as opposed to other behaviors?

– 26:00 – Ariel defines what she does, on a personal level, to improve her focused attention

– 29:00 – Using MUSE™ has really helped Ari discover which cues break his calm and focus

– 31:20 – The future for MUSE™ both the app and physical device

– 31:30 – The evolution of the MUSE™ Calm app

– 32:20 – InteraXon will _not _be developing an _active _version of MUSE™

– 33:08 – Heart Rate Variability and [EEG](, how do they relate?

– 34:45 – At this time, HRV and EEG can be correlated but we cannot determine which is causal

– 35:00 – Ariel’s _Top 3 Tips for Being More Effective:_

– 35:17 – Learn to manage the voices in your head

– 36:37 – Don’t listen to the voice in your head

– 36:41 – You do not need the voice in your head

– 37:24 – or ** **

**7 Key Points:**

  1. There are five waves commonly observed in the brain: Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma and Theta.
  2. These waves can be measured at anywhere from ½ Hz up to 100 Hz
  3. MUSE™ matches form with function, an attractive accessory designed to accurately measure EEG.
  4. Due to the sensitivity of what’s being measured, the MUSE™ must be used in a calm, inactive environment.
  5. HRV and EEG are correlated, but there is no causal relationship at this time.
  6. _Everyone_ has a “voice” in their head; managing that voice is key to becoming effective.
  7. Remember the “voice” in your head is more like a demon…the truth is you do not need it. ** **

**Resources Mentioned:**

– [Let’s Talk When You’re Free]( – An Article by Chris Guillebeau discussing the misnomer of “free-time”

– [PriceJump]( – A website that will show you a comparison of prices across online stores _and_brick & mortar stores

– [Gigster]( – Pre-vetted, high-quality developer outsourcing

– []( – This a personal assistant, meeting scheduling service

– [GigSky]( – An international mobile data service designed to let people access data on the go at local rates

– [Is College Worth the Cost?]( – An article by Andrew Rossi discussing the prevalence of the student-loan/debt problem ** **

**Reviews, Comments and Questions:**

– 1:50 – iTunes Review from _DefeatTheDrama_ – “This podcast is filled with great guests and valuable information. Chalk-full — Send in a voice message: