How to interpret the Moodmetric data

The Moodmetric level

The Moodmetric app has been developed to be extremely simple. There is a minimum amount of numbers and graphs to observe. The important results become clear when you first open the app.

The main item in the Moodmetric measurement is the Moodmetric level. This is an index derived from the electrodermal activity raw signal.

Indexing the raw measurement has many advantages: it is easy to understand, it is comparable among different users and it is immediately clear how it reflects the wearer´s reaction.

The MM level / the Moodmetric index ranges from 0–100. High numbers indicate stress, excitement or other hightened state or alertness. Low numbers indicate a calm mind. The measurement or the index do not tell if the state is positive or negative. From the physiology point of view, a high number means that the user´s sympathetic nervous system is active. The system is stressed even if the cause would be positive, e.g. if you are very enthusiastic about something. The learning is that One also needs to recover from excitement!

The MM level describes current moment and a few minutes back, and updates continuously. You can follow the changes real-time – what happens when you think of something stressful? A phone call you need to take, something you have forgotten? What happens when you just stare out of the window, and try not to think of anything?

The Moodmetric live curve / The Scope

The Scope is the raw signal of the EDA measurement. Each jump upwards is a reaction of the sympathetic nervous system. The physiological delay is about 1.5 seconds, which means that after a reaction, e.g. getting startled, a jump upwards comes with a small delay.

The Scope is especially important for users that follow closely single reactions. One example would be a UX (user experience) developer, how wants to see how test user reacts with the new updates to e.g. a mobile app.

Real-time data and stored data

The above describes the live functions, where the wearer can follow the stress and recovery levels continuously.

There is no need to keep the smartphone/pad open or near the ring, when real-time view is not needed. The ring stores measurement results for up to 270 hours, but we recommend to download data out a few times a day, to see that the ring contact to the finger is good and results are complete.

The downloading happens simply by pressing the Calendar icon.

All stored information appear as a diagram presentation on a 12 hour clock face view.

The diagram uses the MM level / the Moodmetric index to draw the presentation.

The higher the stress level, the closer to the edge of the circle the figure reaches. The color also indicates the intensity ranging from calm yellow to green, purple and finally red.

Above 75 the color is purple or red and a calm mind, numbers below 30 are indicated as beige.

You can follow fluctuating stress levels throughout the day on the clock face that begins from 6am. By swiping back and forth, you can see the following night, next day and so on. Night is indicated with a moon sign in the middle.

Daily average and step counting

Daily MM is the average Moodmetric number for a particular day. It gives you the possibility to follow the stress and recovery trends, if you use the ring regularly. This number takes into account both the day and night measurement.

Total time tells how long you have used the ring on a given day.

The Moodmetric ring works as a step counter. Steps taken on a particular day is indicated in thousand steps (k).

What do the numbers tell?

Any Moodmetric level, or color code describing it, does not mean good or bad. Important is the total daily load and the amount of recovery. The daily diagram gives a quick answer at one glance: if it is mainly red or purple, the stress levels seem to be high for long periods in a row. There should be some green and beige every day to indicate recovery.

Stress can be high also on free time. Many parents of small children feel that their load is higher at home than at work. If a person feels high stress the whole waken up time, it would be good to think where to reserve time for recovery.

You will need to look at the Moodmetric figures against your own life

Same kind of average stress levels might mean different things for different people. You will need to reflect your life and think of these questions:

  • How much work load do I have? Is the work load too big to manage?
  • Is my free time or time at home stressful? Why?
  • How do I sleep? Do I feel refreshed in the morning?
  • Are there big disturbances in my life? Are we moving house? Is some of my closed ones ill? Do my children wake my me up at nights?

If there are big things that are constantly in your mind, your stress levels are probably higher than normal. You can do many things to recover, but you need to keep in mind not to require too much of yourself. If for any reason you can not e.g. sleep as much as you wish, you need to learn to take some breaks during the day. Mindfulness and other meditative exercises might be a good way to train your mind to react less to stressful situations.
We are happy to help you further to understand your figures and how they relate to you life. Please do contact us at [email protected] !

If you have not yet tried the Moodmetric measurement, check our web shop  to know more.

Read also: How chronic stress almost caught me

GSR indicating illness

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In the middle of the best flu season many of us go to work feeling ill. It might be that the thermometer does not indicate fever, or even when it does, the obligations seem unavoidable.

The Moodmetric Ring is a sensor of GSR (galvanic skin response – or skin conductivity). It gives an interesting additional insight to measuring illness. GSR tells about emotional intensity level, the fight or flight reaction. The something you´d need to fight against, might also come from inside of you. When you are ill, the Moodmetric index gives a higher score than you usually get, even if you stay in bed. If you try to work, even just sitting at your laptop, the figures can be really high.

One of our customers sent us the below picture: She was ill, no fever but the general feeling of profound tiredness, head and muscle ache. She had the chance to stay at home and lie on the couch for the day. Still the MoodFlower looks like having been in hectic meetings for the whole day.

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The next day for her was like this:

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She felt better and was doing some light work like proof reading. With higher figures only between 9-10am, the day is seemingly calmer. Staying home for two days was a good decision, on Thursday she was back at the office energetic as ever.

GSR can be an indicator of both an acute pain, or an illness that is not so clear to describe. Self-awareness plays a big role in getting cured faster. Am I fit to work already today? The Moodmetric Ring can support in acknowledging that now it is best for me to take it easy.

 

 

 

Can I benefit of measuring emotions at work?

In November I was in and event to speak about emotions at work, and how uncontrolled behavior is no longer tolerated at workplace. The cost of abusive supervision – that is bad bosses – is about $23,5 billion annually for US enterprises. Companies are now looking for people that are emotionally balanced, people that are aware of themselves and understand how it would feel to be in the shoes of someone else.

A few weeks after that event, I heard that two of my friends have been yelled at by their superiors. Both are academic people with significant achievement in their respective organisations, and had never faced anything like that. They were among other things loudly blamed for things they could not affect, after the bosses had to face unpleasant consequences of their own decisions. Things had quickly come so far, that both of them were planning to quit their jobs.

People behaving badly are a burden. Their mood affects others and it is never anything positive. Many of the issues at workplace, especially stress and depression, are partly deriving from unacceptable behavior by a colleague or a supervisor. Bad bosses soon find their best people gone, as they are the ones having options elsewhere.

Self-awareness  is the first step in growing emotional intelligence. How do I feel, how do I behave, what evokes emotions in me? Learning to calm down in a hectic situation, and seeing the people behind the matters in hand are valuable tools for a manager. Sometimes things are just very difficult at work and unexpected things happen. Loosing self-control makes the chaos worse, and suddenly no-one works for the common good. A simple “Could we discuss this?” is often the best problem solving tool.

We are made of carbon, water and emotions. Emotions play a huge role in our private, but also business lives. Emotions at work can again heavily affect our private lives, possibly bringing and extra burden to our free time.

The Moodmetric ring is designed to help you to become more self-aware. Simply by wearing the ring you can measure what makes you react, what makes you feel intensely. A great benefit is to clearly see what makes you calm you mind. If you have sometimes trouble in controlling your emotions, you can learn what is the best way to be a master of the situation.

The Moodmetric ring also measures meditation and mindfulness exercises. You will get a score of your calming break and see how it affects the rest of your working day.

Contact us for more information about Moodmetric at work: [email protected]

 

 

 

Moodmetric Software Development Kit now available

Moodmetric now offers you the opportunity to include ring support in your own app. Emotional intensity tracking provides unique data to be used in applications only limited by imagination:

  • digital health

  • product marketing, product testing

  • music

  • entertainment

  • gaming

  • dating…

The data available for developers is based on the Moodmetric number, ranging from 0 to 100 and describing how strongly the wearer of the ring is feeling.

Moodmetric offers a beta license of our software development kit free of charge until release of the final licence. An interface is documented directly to the ring to make sure that you can run your application on any platform, as long as it supports Bluetooth 4.0. We provide full documentation for the interface and also example applications for iOS and Android. We also provide technical support to help you get going.

Some features in more detail (you will have the full description in the SDK package)

– The MM number notification tells if the person is very stressed or emotionally loaded. High MM notification is issued when MM number is elevated for over 5 minutes.
– The Relax notification tells if the person has successfully managed to relax for example in a meditation exercise. Relax notification is issued when MM number is low for over 5 minutes. This feature requires a ring with application version of 1.0.1 or above.
– The strong reaction notification tells if a strong emotional reaction has been detected at a certain moment. You can test responses e.g. to images and sounds.

Apply for a licence through the SDK form on our site/contacts or at [email protected]

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Road to Slush #4: Mood for Slush

 

Looking very bright indeed! It has been a huge amount of work done by the whole team to have everything ready for Slush, now after final checks the things seem to be in order. It all requires ups and downs of emotions as every bigger task in life, but finally the feeling is satisfaction over a great achievement.

See you all in Slush!  At our booth 2.09 on Wednesday you can try the Moodmetric Ring, measure your Mood Metrics and participate in a competition, please be welcome!

See here is my mood data from today, surprisingly calm up until now:

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