Like any new skill, learning to manage stress requires practice. With the Pip you are training to change your body’s automatic emotional and physical response to stress.
Using the Pip lets you see, through biofeedback, what techniques work best at reducing your stress levels. With practice these techniques can become second nature as a response to stressful situations. To help you identify what works best for you we’ve included statistics in all the Apps, which let you compare and keep track of your progress over time.
End of session statistics
At the end of each session you will see the Pip Score, Total Time and a breakdown of Events.
Pip Score -
This provides a snapshot of your session performance. It is displayed as a percentage – the higher the percentage, the better you performed. The ‘Pip Score’ is calculated by detecting the type and number of events (stress, relaxed or steady – see below) and session length. So, the more you relaxed during a session, the better the score you’ll get.
Total Time -
The types of Events that occur during a session will affect the length of time it takes to complete. Generally, the faster the time, the more relaxed you were throughout the session.
At the start of a session the Pip takes a baseline reading of your electrodermal activity (EDA) representing your emotional stress. During the session the Pip detects changes in your EDA, eight times per second. Our algorithm then deciphers these measurements to classify three types of events – ‘Stress Events’, ‘Relax Events’ and ‘Steady Events’.
Stress Events represent the detection of a short term peak in EDA – representing an increase in activity of your sympathetic nervous system – responsible for your “fight or flight” response.
Relax Events represent a slightly longer reduction in electrodermal activity – absence of EDA spikes usually represents a lack of activity of the sympathetic nervous system – meaning your autonomous nervous system is in a relaxed state.
Steady Events indicate that you are neither stressing nor relaxing.
Tracking progress over time
All Pip Apps include a Statistics section. This allows you to track and compare progress over time.
You can compare the type and number of events during a session, session time lengths, and Pip Scores across all your previous sessions. This helps you identify what techniques work best at reducing your stress. Enabling you to put what works best for you into practice when faced with stress.