Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Binaural Beats

There is something I have been researching over the course of the year. Binaural beats definitely has caught my attention. Binaural beats are auditory processing artifacts. It sounds very complex and intricate, and it in fact is.

The simple process is that one would put head phones on and allow the "beats" to play. One ear phone would play one frequency while the other would play another. The person's mind (being so complex and creating) will create a a frequency of it's own to compensate for the "gap".

Binaural beats were discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove. They received more attention in the late 20th century. There were claims that binaural beats could help induce relaxation, meditation, creativity and other desirable mental states.

I actually used binaural beats before. I have used them in meditation, and also in relaxation techniques. I can vouch for them and say they work very well. I feel as if they really calm you down and your mind does go into a different state. I also believe it is a self-believed state. If you do not think it will work it will not work. You have to be accepting and also very relaxed when using them.

The effect is believed to come from the brainstem, more specifically the superior olivary nucleus. Auditory rhythms rapidly entrain motor responses into stable steady synchronization states below and above conscious perception thresholds

Here is an example of what they sound like:



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