Does brainwave entrainment really work?
Brainwave entrainment is where you listen to a frequency which guides your brainwave frequency to a certain state of mind. I just tried the healing binaural beats on http://www.mentallion.com/brainwave_entrainment/healing-150. I don’t FEEL any different, but I notice that my train of thought has changed a little. Does anyone know if it really works. Can you listen to a frequency to help put you into a certain state of mind?
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The graph was to indicate that only the brainwaves are at the alteration of the Hertz of binaural beats, and to indicate the ranges of them.
I’m not trying to prove they work, or “sell” something. I’m just sharing some of my well-versed experience and some information. But if you want to think binaural beats are totally placebo, go for it. You’re only disagreeing with sound science. Not that science has declared specific intrinsic effects – of course, that’s always subjective. But it is known: Whatever the affects, at least the technique works.
I just did the ones that play over my speaker. It’s some free ones that I downloaded called brainwave. I listened to a 7min 396hz brainwave that is supposed to relieve fear and guilt. Not sure which one to call this, but it plays over speakers.
I can instantly feel this strange feeling I have when this is being played. I kinda felt high or something, but I have never used drugs and I don’t drink caffeine either. I’m not one to believe into this sort of stuff. From a distance, it does seem like it would be a scam. but I feel strange and relaxed now. My cats walked in the room and are now both in here relaxed as all get out (Ik they are cats, but they can get crazy and stirred up late at night).
It’s possible your brainwaves were already in the range that the binaural beat is playing for you. Especially if you’re at the computer relaxing and chatting, as most of these are intended to help you relax. Don’t expect a change just because you’re listening.
Binaural beats work. They don’t specify particular moods, they cause your brain to shift its brainwaves oscillations to the “beat” that is created by the dissonance of the two frequencies it’s using. At 44Hz, for example, you can either be in an very exciting and intense conversation, or you could be running for your life from a tiger. If the soundsample uses 200 and 205Hz, one in each ear so the two tones do not cancel out in your ears but cancel out where your brain hemispheres meet instead, they create a new 5Hz oscillation. Your brain’s oscillations will align with this to eliminate neuro-electrical dissonance. Now at a 5hz brainwave, you’re likely very experiencing a relaxed version of your prior mindstate. These only instigate transitions into Delta-, Theta-, Alpha-, or Beta-stage brainwaves. The mood is up to you. That’s why binaural beats paired with music with particular moods are thought to be more effective.
This is a question I have come across numerous times! Except for having used brainwave entrainment for over 7-8 years, I have gone into great depth researching about the scientific proof behind why and how exactly this technology works. I just put together a new article, answering this same question – does brainwave entrainment work? http://www.brainwavelove.com/knowledge-resources/does-brainwave-entrainment-work/
Close. Not ways or forms, but rates or intensity. The way or form is always your doing. The music is intended to give you a suggestion. I have done several objective experiments with binaural beats, both with myself and others [some even double-blind], and they always work.
Well, not always. After a certain point of giving a person many different oscillations one after the other, the effects seem to become too commingled to tell clearly what the influence is.
To those that say its just a placebo effect… does it really matter? Placebo means your getting the results only because you think you are. Isn’t that just as good? In this case, I think so. By the way, I’m a believer :)
Ever seen Independence Day? Remember how dude’s grandmother was listening to “special” tapes to help her relax? That’s what these are. They’re a fairly old technology, and they have worked wonderfully since discovery.
I find it telling that the only differences that work for binaural beats are from around 4.5 to 46 Hz… the same range of the earth’s resonant frequencies, and the earth’s Schumann resonances.
They work for me. I prefer monaural beats though, as they can be played over my sound system because the interference pattern is being created outside the head. I use them sometimes when I meditate or am falling asleep and try so imagine it kinda like a brain synch, It helps me clear my mind.
Monaural beats don’t work quite as effectively in theory, because since the energy is cancelled out before it reaches your ears, not nearly as much bioelectric signaling is being sent to your brain at once. I think they may work much better in total though when listened to over a system because the whole body’s nerves feel the pulse also.
This may also tie into the different resonant frequencies of the body, and the lower the frequency, the lower the body center that feels them which would help ease one’s attention out of the conscious focal parts of the body and into the more subconscious parts of the body.
My experience with brainwave entrainment is just like mos things it’s all about the quality. There are tracks you can listen to for ages and they don’t do much more than make you feel a bit drowsy or light headed, but there are others which within 5-10 minutes you get a really noticeable effect.
The first kind could be little more than a placebo effect if you go into with an expectation of what you think it should feel like, but for really effective tracks it’s too quick and too significant in its ability to change your state of mind to just be placebo.
I’ve found the Brain Evolution System tracks most effective http://www.thebrainevolutionsystem.net , but there are some fairly good free one’s floating around for the Brainwave Generator too, you just have to be prepared to do a bit of trial and error to find them.
yeah I’ve tried a pretty large variety of beats and have concluded that they both work to varying degrees depending on mindstate and concentration. It’s hard for me to distinguish between feelings that are created by the beat and ones that are simply manifested by me. I’m hoping for the opportunity to experiment with this more thoroughly in the future
The effect that you feel and what actually happens when you use binaural beats and other brainwave entrainment technology can be different. If you are going for pure relaxation or stress relief using alpha or theta waves you will notice fairly rapid effects. Basically because you are shifting a mental state, something which can be done with relative ease, and is all based on your “feeling” of that state.
When you are going for physical healing things become a little different. You are wishing to change a physical thing. The physical thing maybe be small or great, whichever it is a physical change is still required. So whilst your thought pattern has shifted through the use of the special brainwave technology, it may take a greater leangth of time, with possible repitition to actually notice the physical results. Your thought patterns will shift into a response which has a greater ability to generate the healing you require, though healing still take a certain amount of time. Using Delta waves will yield you the best results with any kind of healing if you are using brainwave entrainment tracks, this is because they tap into the bodies healing response at a core level.
So if you are after physical healing keep going with it, you will likely notice results after a few days or a week deending on the seriousness of the condition you are working on.
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