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Five Basic Measures of Mental Performance Metrics

EMOTIV provides five basic measures of mental performance, derived directly from your mental activity. Each measure is automatically scaled to suit your normal range and base level of each condition – the system learns your usual state and capabilities and provides an adjusted value showing your relative performance on each occasion, compared to your overall behaviour. We also record the raw levels for each user so you can directly compare performance with your social group, people like you (similar age, gender, country, lifestyle etc) and the overall population.

These measures include:

Engagement: your level of immersion in the moment. A mixture of attention and concentration.

Focus: a measure of your fixed attention to one specific task. Focus measures the depth of attention as well as the frequency that your attention switches between tasks. A high level of task switching is an indication of poor focus and distraction. Focus is closely related to the Flow state.

Interest: the degree of attraction or aversion to your current activity. Low interest scores indicate a strong aversion to the task, high interest indicates a strong affinity with the task while mid-range scores indicate you neither like nor dislike the activity. Interest is related to your enjoyment of the current task.

Relaxation: a measure of your ability to switch off and allow yourself to rest and recover from intense concentration. Trained meditators can score extremely high Relaxation scores.

Stress: a measure of your level of comfort with the current challenge. High stress can result from an inability to complete a difficult task, feeling overwhelmed and fearing negative consequences for failing to satisfy the task requirements. Generally a low to moderate level of Stress can improve productivity, whereas a higher level tends to be destructive and can have long term consequences for your health and wellbeing.

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