From Data to Perception – Research Blog

Research on What kind of Visualisation we should use

We spent a few days researching the different kinds of visualizations we could use to communicate the data we were collecting.

1. Radar Charts


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Radar Charts are a way of comparing multiple quantitative variables. This makes them useful for seeing which variables have similar values or if there are any outliers amongst each variable. Radar Charts are also useful for seeing which variables are scoring high or low within a dataset, making them ideal for displaying performance.

2.Parallel Coordinates Plot

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This type of visualization is used for plotting multivariate, numerical data. Parallel Coordinates Plots are ideal for comparing many variables together and seeing the relationships between them. For example, if you had to compare an array of products with the same attributes (comparing computer or cars specs across different models).

3. Parallel Set

Parallel Set charts are similar to Sankey Diagrams in the way they show flow and proportions, however, Parallel Sets don’t use arrows and they divide the flow-path at each displayed line-set.



We finally decided to go with the following visualization:




Listed Activities the participant needed to do

1.Play 10 games of Speed Chess
2.Workout for 30 – 45 minutes
3.Watch a horror movie
4.Play a sport/board game for 30 – 45 minutes
5.Play with an animal/dog
6.Control Day (participant goes about their normal day)
7.Learning a new instrument
8.Watch family videos/photos
9.Watch a comedy show
10.Wordplay, quizzing, and other literary games
11.Learning a new language
13.Playing a video game
14.Memory Test

We tried out the Muse headset and then found out that the user had to be still while the Muse was active for us to get accurate readings, so many of our planned activities had to be replaced with ones that did not involve a lot of movement.

We planned how every session would take place –

Each session includes a participant and an observer who serves as a moderator.

While the session takes place the observer takes notes about events, time, and external response. These notes could be written or audio. We will also take 3 photos for documentation purposes. One at the beginning of the session, one in the middle and one at the end.

At the end of each session with the participant, we record the quantitative data we get from the muse and submit it to a google doc. We also note down descriptions of the sessions so that we can trace activities to particular times and events.

Muse Activity Recording

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Mobile App and Website Design

We designed the Muse Monitor App using our findings while being true to the Muse brand. We conceptualized and envisioned that this what our final product would look like where we would display our final visualization.


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We also designed a website based on these designs

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