Brainwave Learning Center
Brainwave Entrainment is supported by scientific evidence.
The studies on this page are a jumping off point where you can begin your journey of learning more about the proven technologies and theories involved in brainwave entrainment. This is only the beginning, and as you progress from here we're sure you'll discover there is plenty more research where this came from, and new studies are constantly being published.
If you uncover a study or a reference on brainwave entrainment you think we ought to include in this list, please let us know.
Research available to view online:
The Stanford University Brainwave Entrainment to External Rhythmic Stimuli Symposium
A diverse group of scientists gathered at Stanford University to discuss how rhythmic music can change the function of the brain and combat certain neurological conditions such as ADHD and depression. What they discovered was nothing short of groundbreaking. Click here to read their discoveries.
Improved Neuronal Regulation in ADHD using Neurotherapy
This study by Graham Patrick, Ph.D., examined how regulating brainwave activity (brainwave entrainment) would affect individuals with ADHD. The results were encouraging, as the subjects showed demonstrable improvements in attentiveness after several entrainment sessions. Learn more about Dr. Patrick's study here.
The Psychological Effects of Brainwave Entrainment
Dr. Tina Huang set out to take a comprehensive look at the various studies and data that have been published in the area of brainwave entrainment. She discovered that the research supports the proposition that brainwave entrainment is an effective therapeutic tool for issues as divergent as stress, cognitive functioning, migraines, PMS and even behavioral issues. Learn more about Dr. Huang's findings here.
Research available to view offline:
In addition to the above resources, below is a list of scientific, peer-reviewed and controlled studies in the area of brainwave entrainment. For your convenience, we've organized the studies according to the type of control utilized in the study.
Please note: Due to copyright restrictions, we cannot provide a download link for these studies. Contact your local library for information on obtaining these journals, or contact the journal publisher directly.
Studies that Compared Different Experimental Conditions Against Each Other
Howard, C. E., Graham, L. E., 2nd and Wycoff, S. J., 1986. "A comparison of methods for reducing stress among dental students." J Dent Educ. 50, 542-544.
Lane, J. D., Kasian, S. J., Owens, J. E. and Marsh, G. R., 1998. "Binaural auditory beats affect vigilance performance and mood." Physiol Behav. 63, 249-252.
Leonard, K. N., Telch, M. J. and Harrington, P. J., 1999. "Dissociation in the laboratory: a comparison of strategies." Behav Res Ther. 37, 49-61.
Morse, D. R. and Chow, E., 1993. "The effect of the Relaxodont brain wave synchronizer on endodontic anxiety: evaluation by galvanic skin resistance, pulse rate, physical reactions, and questionnaire responses." Int J Psychosom. 40, 68-76.
Ossebaard, H. C., 2000. "Stress reduction by technology? An experimental study into the effects of brainmachines on burnout and state anxiety." Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 25, 93-101.
Rosenfeld, J. P., Reinhart, A. M. and Srivastava, S., 1997. "The effects of alpha (10-Hz) and beta (22-Hz) "entrainment" stimulation on the alpha and beta EEG bands: individual differences are critical to prediction of effects." Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 22, 3-20.
San Martini, P., Venturini, R., Zapponi, G. A. and Loizzo, A., 1979." Interaction between intermittent photic stimulation and auditory stimulation on the human EEG. Preliminary investigation through power spectral analysis." Neuropsychobiology. 5, 201-206.
Williams, J., Ramaswamy, D. and Oulhaj, A., 2006. "10 Hz flicker improves recognition memory in older people." BMC Neurosci. 7, 21.
Williams, J. H., 2001. "Frequency-specific effects of flicker on recognition memory." Neuroscience. 104, 283-286.
Studies with Music as Controls
Joyce, M. and Siever, D., 2000. "Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE) Program as a Treatment for Behavior Disorders in a School Setting." Journal of Neurotherapy. 4, 9-25.
Kliempt, P., Ruta, D., Ogston, S., Landeck, A. and Martay, K., 1999. "Hemispheric-synchronisation during anaesthesia: a double-blind randomised trial using audiotapes for intra-operative nociception control." Anaesthesia. 54, 769-773.
Wahbeh, H., Calabrese, C. and Zwickey, H., 2007a. "Binaural beat technology in humans: a pilot study to assess psychologic and physiologic effects." J Altern Complement Med. 13, 25-32.
Wahbeh, H., Calabrese, C., Zwickey, H. and Zajdel, D., 2007b. "Binaural beat technology in humans: a pilot study to assess neuropsychologic, physiologic, and electroencephalographic effects." J Altern Complement Med. 13, 199-206.
Other Studies with Controls (no exposure)
Budzynski, T., Jordy, J., Budzynski, H., Tang, H. and Claypoole, K., 1999. "Academic Performance Enhancement with Photic Stimulation and EDR Feedback. Journal of Neurotherapy." 3, 11-21.
Patrick, G. J., 1996. "Improved neuronal regulation in ADHD: An application of fifteen sessions of photic-driven EEG neurotherapy." Journal of Neurotherapy. 1, 27-36.
Anoukhin, A. "EEG Alpha Rhythm Frequency and Intelligence in Normal Individuals." Intelligence, 23: 1-14
Baehr, E., PhD, Rosenfeld, J. Peter, PhD, & Baehr, R., PhD "Frontal Asymmetry Changes Reflect Brief Mood Shifts in both Normal and Depressed Subjects." Annual Conference, Society of Neuronal Regulation
Baum, Kenneth "The Mental Edge"
Benson, H., M.D. "The Relaxation Response"
Benson H., Wallace, R.K. "Decreased Blood Pressure in Hypertensive Subjects Who Practiced Meditation." Circulation Supplement II to Vols. 45 and 46
Berg, K, Siever, D (1999). "Audio-Visual Entrainment as a Treatment Modality for Seasonal Affective Disorder." Presented at the Society for Neuronal Regulation.
Berg, K, Mueller, H., Siebael, D., Siever, D. (1999). "Outcome of Medical Methods, Audio-Visual Entrainment, and Nutritional Supplementation for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome." Presented at the Society for Neuronal Regulation.
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Boersma, F., Gagnon, C. (1992). "The Use of Repetitive Audiovisual Entrainment in the Management of Chronic Pain." Medical Hypnosis Journal, Vol 7, No3: 80-97
Boynton, T. (2001). "Applied research using alpha/theta training for enhancing creativity and well-being." Journal of Neurotherapy, 5(1-2), 5-18.
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Budzynski, T., Ph.D. "Brain Lateralization and Rescripting"
Budzynski, T., Ph.D. "The Case for Alpha-Theta: A Dynamic Hemispheric Asymmetry Model"
Budzynski, T., Ph.D. "Clinical Guide to Light and Sound"
Budzynski, T., Ph.D. (1995) "Barebones 14 Hz EEG training for migraine." Presented at the FUTUREHEALTH EEG conference
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