Podcast #111 with Ariel Garten of InteraXon



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 – ChooseMuse.com or Amazon.com

7 Key Points:

There are five waves commonly observed in the brain: Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma and Theta. These waves can be measured at anywhere from ½ Hz up to 100 Hz MUSE™ matches form with function, an attractive accessory designed to accurately measure EEG. Due to the sensitivity of what’s being measured, the MUSE™ must be used in a calm, inactive environment. HRV and EEG are correlated, but there is no causal relationship at this time. Everyone has a “voice” in their head; managing that voice is key to becoming effective. 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 Vyte.in – 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 of important strategies!”


Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird