We’re very good into tricking ourselves to believe in something, to like and enjoy something (at least I am). It’s very easy to find logical arguments (I call it self motivation) why we should take and enjoy this class and why we should avoid another.

We’re also very good in putting our “poker” faces on during the situations that we don’t really enjoy or would like to avoid (think about someone talking complete nonsense to you face and you cannot really say what you really think about it). How does our body feel during such situations? What our heart says during classes we tricked ourselves to like?

Internet says we could split our heart rate into these sections:

  • 60-100 bpm: normal heart rate
  • <60bpm: low heart rate
  • >100 bpm: high heart rate

Increased heart rate might signal anger, fear, stress, anxiety, being depressed as well as enthusiasm and excitement.

Decreased heart rate might signal happiness, relaxation, resting, sleeping, being calm or bored.

I used iOS heart rate app to see what my heart rate was twice today: when I was calm doing my homework and just recently when I was already rushing to leave and a bit stressed that I will be late for my meeting. The results were as follow:

  • calm, doing homework: 64bpm
  • rushing and kind of stressed: 65bpm (ok, maybe the rushing and stress apparently is only in my head)

Anyway, I would like to track my heart rate during different situations of my daily life (most likely different classes at ITP, because, oh well, there’s no really other life at this moment) and see how different my heart rate and emotional cues are each time (and if they are sending different message that my head just did).

Maybe I’ll be lucky to find something unusual and surprising.

Sensors to use

For the beginning I tried using pulse sensor. I connected it to Arduino and made it work, even though it was quite flickery (maybe it’s a connection problem). I still have accelerometer and polar band on the list to try.

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