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Noise from Electricity – Part 2

See Noise from Electricity – Part 1

KOB (see Gallery-KOB) noticed that the automatic gain control (ACG) doesn’t work as well in Europe. As pointed out in Noise from Electricity – Part 1 the ACG reduces any peaks caused by the electricity in the walls (60 Hz  in the USA and a few other countries and 50 Hz in the rest of the world). KOB lives in Europe and if you look at his readings they do tend to have small peaks at around 50 Hz, for example “KOB eyes closed”, 5th second:  

Luckily these peaks are small enough that they shouldn’t have much of an effect on the overall results. My understanding is that the Mindwave was developed in the U.S.A., and it could very well be that its ACG is more sensitive to the American 60 Hz, and less sensitive to the European 50 Hz.

KOB also noticed that his “baseline1-relaxing with eyes open” readings seemed very much off, as the Gamma waves have much higher amplitude than normal.

Headset Slipped? KOB (adult male) baseline1-relaxing with eyes open
Mindwave512-KOB-baseline1-relaxing with eyes open-MedianMindwave512-KOB-baseline1-relaxing with eyes open-Bands

Looking at the details, I have to agree:

Clicking through the seconds, a large 50 Hz peak shows up on just about every second that I checked.

My guess is that his headset was loose during this reading, so loose that the Mindwave was not picking up his brainwaves properly, and instead amplifying the electrical current from the walls.

Something to check, if your readings show abnormally high amplitudes of Gamma and/or HiGamma.


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