Brain Training in New York
Many people in the broader New York area are interested in using methods of brain training to reduce anxiety, increase creativity, and otherwise augment their mental capabilities. There are several methods of brain training, including neurofeedback therapy and computer games such as those found on Lumosity.com. One of the most accessible brain training methods, however, is the use of isochronal tones and binaural beats. In fact, you can try this right now by searching “binaural beats” on YouTube, or checking out the links at the end of this post. Isochronal tones and binaural beats are proven brain training methods to change your mood and thought patterns using brainwave entrainment.
What Are Binaural Beats?
Binaural beats were discovered in the 19th century, although it was in the 20th century that their applications for brainwave entrainment were fully recognized. Binaural beats can be used to induce relaxation, creativity, and other positive mental states. They use two tones at different frequencies that combine together and are best experienced when using headphones. When two tones of slightly different frequencies are played, one into each ear, the brain will actually perceive them together as a beating tone. This effect results from the way the brain processes interaural time differences between each ear in order to localize sounds.
Binaural beats are known to have a relaxing effect, and different frequencies may facilitate different effects through an effect called brainwave entrainment. When a stimulus, such as a binaural beat, is a frequency in the range of brain waves, the predominant brainwave frequency is thought to move toward the frequency of the stimulus. Although auditory stimuli such as binaural beats are most often used, this effect can also apply to visual stimuli. Binaural beats with frequencies corresponding to alpha, beta, delta, gamma, or theta brainwave frequencies can facilitate a person’s brain to move into those brainwave states. Different brainwave frequencies correlate with different mental states. For example, beta brainwaves are associated with active thinking and willful concentration, and alpha brainwaves are associated with rest, mental tranquility, and peaceful Zen-like meditative states.
By using binaural beats, you can help move your brain into an alpha state to relax yourself, into a beta state to enhance alertness and concentration, and otherwise help facilitate certain mental states. Delta-frequency binaurals can be used to help you sleep, and theta and gamma binaurals have been shown to be associated with inducing out-of-body experiences and lucid dreaming.
Where Can I Find Binaural Beats Online?
Finding binaural beats online is quick and easy. For best results, you will want to use a pair of headphones, preferably of high quality. Since many people find the tones by themselves to be somewhat unpleasant, they are often superimposed onto a white noise background of soft music or nature sounds.
You can find a range of different binaural beats by simply searching “binaural beats” on YouTube. One good YouTube channel for finding binaurals for brain training is MindAmend, a channel run by Jason Lewis that contains a wide range of audio for brainwave entrainment including binaural beats, isochronal tones, whale songs, and more.
You can get to MindAmend by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrpFW99zAUaJT8cKmqeagkg
Different binaural beats have different frequencies and different effects. You may want to try several to find the ones that work best for you. The effectiveness of a given binaural beat can vary from person to person, and you may find that some have little effect whereas others prove to be quite powerful. Try experimenting with several to find which ones work best for you. You can listen to binaurals while working or doing other activities, although one of the best ways to use them is to put headphones in, close your eyes, breathe deeply, and begin to enter a meditative state.
For Broader New York Area residents interested in brain training, binaural beats are an easy, accessible, and effective way to experiment with altering your brainwave frequencies and with them, your state of consciousness. Using binaural beats is relaxing, therapeutic, and can have beneficial effects. Depending on what state you aim to achieve and what beats you use, you may find it easier to enter meditative states, to enhance your concentration, or even to enter out-of-body experiences (OBE), although OBEs can be jarring if you have never had one before, rest assured that yes, you do come back from them!