Thursday, June 10, 2010

beta waves. Beta Waves Image via Wikipedia
BrainWave Entrainment
Here's some claims made for brainwave entrainment ( patterns of  electrical signals generated by the brain in response to music).  I will be blogging more about the merits of these claims in the future.   But it is an interesting bit of information.

Beta: 13-40 Hz
  • This brainwave is the predominant frequency when we are fully awake and alert
  • Active awareness directed to the outer world
  • Also present with hunger, depression, irritability, and moodiness
  • Insomnia is the result of producing excessive beta brainwaves
  • Associated with excessive "mental chatter" and self-destructive impulses
Alpha: 7-13 Hz
  • This alpha state is where meditation and relaxation begins  
  • We start to encounter the wealth of effortless creativity flowing just beneath our conscious state
  • Awake but deeply relaxed
  • Studies have shown the alpha state has been associated with "peak performance" where elite athletes produce alpha brainwaves prior to concentrated performance (shooting a free throw, hitting an important golf shot). Lower level athletes' brains produce anxious beta brainwaves  
  • In the alpha state we learn, process, memorize and recollect large sums of information fast with peak effectiveness
  • Highly creative people have been shown to have "bursts" of alpha brainwaves when they have good ideas
  • Alpha brainwaves are thought to make the brain "act young" again
  • In the alpha state fears, habits, and phobias begin to melt away
  • Alpha brainwaves bring an effortless sense of comfort, peace, and harmony
  • Best for "super learning"
  • A gateway to deeper states of awareness

Theta 4-7 Hz
  • Theta brainwaves become prominent when we go deeper into meditation and relaxation. Almost trance-like
  • Here, brain activity decelerates to the threshold of the sleep stage
  • One of the more indescribable and wonderful realms we can explore
  • The theta state produces flashes of creative visualization through vivid imagery
  • In this state we feel much more open and connected to other people
  • People often report a feeling of floating while producing theta brainwaves
  • The theta state heightens problem solving skills
  • Having dominant theta brainwaves are correlated with insight and intuition
  • Theta brainwaves bring inspired thought and increased motivation   
  • Sometimes long-forgotten memories come to the surface
  • Children have strong theta brainwaves, which helps to explain their superior ability to learn
  • Theta is briefly experienced as we climb out of the depths of delta upon waking, or falling asleep
  • The theta state is the deeper sub-conscious to super- conscious part of the mind
Delta: 0-4 Hz
  • The delta state is associated with "no thinking" during deep, dreamless sleep
  • Although a difficult state to entrain, delta brainwaves are very rewarding
  • Delta is said to be the entrance to non-physical states of reality
  • A crucial state for renewal, healing, and rejuvenation
  • The immune system strengthens in the delta state
  • The delta state is the unconscious/super-conscious part of our mind
From Brain Wave Entrainment
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