Binaural Beat Research & Science
This is a summary of the Binaural
Beat research I have collected and analysed over the past three years.
This clinical, scientific & PHD research *proves* that Brain Wave
... and also lists the major benefits
you can expect from using binaural beats, isochronic tones and other
forms of brain
wave entrainment (BWE) .
You'll find research into how binaural beats can increase relaxation;
change the production of hormones in the body; reduce anxiety and
stress... and more. I trust you'll find all this binaural beat research
I've arranged the
benefits by category for those who wish to scan... and the first
section summarises the overall proven benefits of binaural beats and Brain
Proof: Therapeutic Qualities of Binaural Beats
This binaural beat research proves the psychological benefits of using
1) "A Comprehensive Review of the Psychological Effects of Brainwave
Entrainment", Tina L Huang, PHD, and Christine Charyton, PHD.
This binaural beat research paper nicely summarises 20
previous peer-reviewed studies into the psychological effects of
The overall conclusion was that brainwave entrainment is an "effective
therapeutic tool". People suffering from cognitive functioning
deficits, stress, pain, headaches & migraines, PMS and other
behavioural problems all benefitted
from using binaural beats.
A sample quote from this paper: "The
immediate psychological effects on memory, attention, stress, pain,
headaches and migraines were shown to benefit from even
a single session of
One study even found that improvements in
intelligence and behaviour lasted after the binaural beats were
withdrawn, and that previous users could now produce the brainwave
frequencies induced by BWE on their own. This suggests that the results can be
permanent, even after you stop using binaural beats.
2) Research Papers
from Wilson, 1990, and Rhodes, 1993
Binaural Beats increase relaxation, meditation, pain management,
improve sleep, and reduce stress.
Paper from Hiew, 1995
Binaural Beats help to increase creativity, relaxation and meditation.
4) Research from Robert Monroe, Monroe Institute
Binaural Beats "increase focus,
problem solving, creativity, memory, learning, sleep induction, pain
control and enhanced learning".
This study was also reported in the 1986 book Megabrain, by Michael Hutchison.
Proof: Effects of Binaural Beats on the Body
This binaural beat research focusses on the impact of Brain Wave
Entrainment on the body (including hormone production).
1) Research by Dr
Vincent Giampapa, MD, Former President of American Board of Anti-Aging
Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine
Dr Giampapa suggested that binaural beats "dramatically"
affects the production of three hormones
directly related to
longevity of life and overall well-being; cortisol, DHEA and melatonin:
is found in the adrenal glands and impacts learning and memory, as too
much of it is bad for us and causes stress.
- DHEA is
used as a "source ingredient" for virtually every "good hormone" the
body needs, and helps our immune
is the chemical produced during deep, natural
sleep. Having lots of DHEA and melatonin is good for us.
In a separate binaural beat research study using Holosync branded binaural beats:
- cortisol levels went down
by an average of 46%
- DHEA increased
by an average of 43%
- melatonin production increased
by an average of 98%.
These results alone are rather staggering!
2) Dr Margaret
Patterson & Dr Ifor Capel, Marie Curie Cancer Foundation Research
Binaural beats which take the user into the Alpha
brainwave state aids production
, a hormone which increases
relaxation and eases pain
Binaural beats which take users into the theta brainwave state help boost production
, which are vital to memory
Proof: Effects of Binaural Beats on the Mind
This binaural beat research looks at the impact of BWE on IQ and
1) Research Paper
by Dr Siegried Othmer
this study brain wave entrainment usage was shown to produce average IQ
increases of 23%
In cases where the IQ was lower than 100 to begin with, the average IQ
increase was 33 points
Dr Othmer also reported "dramatic
in the subjects' visual retention (i.e. memory),
auditory memory, reading and arithmetic.
In a follow-up study after one year, Dr Othmer reported "major" long-term
improvements in self-esteem and concentration
, and "significant"
improvements in sleep patterns, irritability, organisation... and even
Proof: Effects of Binaural Beats on Anxiety
This binaural beat research is focussed on the impact brain wave
entrainment can have on people who suffer from mild anxiety. (Note - if
you suffer from anxiety, please consult a Doctor before using this
Therapy Health & Medicine, 2001
This study looked at the effectiveness of binaural beats for the
treatment of anxiety. Subjects used them 5 times a week for four weeks.
The result was that listening to binaural beats caused a "significant
reduction" in the subjects' anxiety score
2) Journal of
Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, Jan / Feb 2007, "Binaural Beat
Technology in Humans: A Pilot Study to Assess the Psychological and
Physiological Effects", by Helane Wahbeh, Carlo Calabrese, Heather
binaural beat research study involved 8 healthy adults over a 60 day
The subjects who used binaural beats reported a "decrease in
anxiety, and an increase in the quality of life"
Effects of Binaural Beats on Sleep Patterns
I've only found one Binaural Beat research paper on the effects of
brain wave entrainment on sleep - however almost everyone I have spoken
to who has used them reports that improved sleep is
a key benefit
of binaural beats use.
1) Dr Arthur
Hastings, PHD, 1975, "Tests of the Sleep Induction Technique"
Beats usage influences people to fall asleep.
Nice and simple for you there!
Binaural Beat Research into Depression
This binaural beat research looked into levels of depression in
... But if you are a depressed alcoholic, please consult a Doctor! If
you're not, you'll probably find the results of this illuminating:
1) Research Paper
by Peniston and Kulkosky, 1989
experiment involved two groups of alcoholics; one group was sent to a
regular "12 step" AA programme for help with their condition (control
group); the other group received no counselling but were sent for 15
twenty-minute sessions of alpha and theta binaural beats usage
Within the AA-attending control group, alcoholism relapse rates 13
months after the test were at 80%. There was no change in levels of
depression (as measured by Beck's Depression Inventory).
Within the Binaural Beat using experimental group, 13 months later
there was only
a 20% relapse
, and levels of
depression had reduced
to that of a third, non-alcoholic
This is a *huge* improvement on the AA results!
2) Research Paper
by Waldkoetter and Sanders, 1997
This Binaural Beat research paper also suggested that
Brain Wave Entrainment decreased
symptoms of depression
in alcoholic test subjects.
Therefore, if you're drunk and depressed (and have your Doctor's
approval!), feel free to get yourself some Binaural Beats!
Proof that Brain Wave Entrainment Works
Here is a selection of studies and research papers that prove that
Brain Wave Entrainment technology (such as binaural beats and
isochronic tones) works.
1) "Auditory Beats
in the Brain", Dr Gerald Oster, 1973, Scientific American
In this first piece of Binaural Beat research, Dr Oster conclusively
proved that Binaural
Beats do cause Brain Wave Entrainment
. This essentially means
that Binaural Beat frequencies DO affect the brainwaves by entraining
2) "On the
Frequency Limits of Binaural Beats", Harvard & Acoustical Society
This study also confirmed that the brain
synchronises when Binaural Beats are played
3) Dr Lester Fehmi,
Director of Princeton Behavioural Medicine & Biofeedback Clinic
Dr Fehmi confirmed that Brainwave Synchronization
brain and right brain operating in harmony) and
Brainwave Entrainment can be
induced by binaural beats.
This was also reported in the 1986 book Megabrain
, by Michael Hutchison.
4) Research Paper
by Foster, 1990
Conclusion: Alpha Binaural Beats DO increase Alpha brainwaves.
Disentrainment Feedback", Dr Ochs, 1993
This paper suggests that there is no need for
subjects to be consciously trying to do anything
to Binaural Beats to get results.
Simply listening to them is enough!
That brings us to the end of the binaural beat research I found.
Hopefully all of this will help to put your mind at rest and encourage
you to try brain wave entrainment for yourself!
Have a look at my
recommended Top 5 binaural beats here now
If you have any
specific questions about using binaural beats, isochronic tones or
meditation machines, feel free to contact me and I'll happily help you
I'll continue to add research as and when I find it, however the
frequency of studies has gone down in recent years, despite the massive
uptake in this technology by "normal" folks like you and I...
... My sources tell me that this is due to pressure from "Big Pharma"
companies, who apparently wield *major influence* over which clinical
studies get funding.
Understandably, if these huge companies can sell a box of pills
(indefinitely) to a depressed or anxious person for dozens / hundreds
of dollars a pop, they are unlikely to want to fund research into a
totally natural and low-cost phenomena such as Binaural Beats, which
starts to help people feel better right away.
That's a real shame, because people would stop pouring "happy pills"
down their throats if they gave this technology a go even once...
... Anyway, that's my conspiracy-rant over! :)
If you want to say no to
"happy pills" and try out the proven effects of binaural beats, have a
look at my Top 5 Brain
Wave Toys now.
: I have taken great care to report
the findings in this article accurately, however please note that I am
*not* a Doctor or student of psychology or medicine, so please forgive
any mistakes or unintentional misrepresentations.
I did study law at
university, so am used to reading rather dry texts and extracting key
information, however please do not rely on my findings alone.
If you are relying on Binaural Beat research before deciding whether to
try them, I recommend you take responsibility for the information you
act on, and have a look for yourself. Most of these reports can be
found through Google Scholar or by doing a bit of Googling.
Also - apologies
for any dates or citations that are missing, this is due to a lack of
information on the reports themselves.
Last of all – enjoy yourself on your binaural beats / brainwave
entrainment journey! I reckon you'll have lots of fun!
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