Neural Entrainment

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Neural entrainment is also known as brainwave entrainment or brainwave synchronization. It is the theory that our brains have a tendency to synchronize themselves to external stimulation, which could include auditory, visual, tactile or electromagnetic stimuli. 

 

It is believed that the human brain contains approximately 80+ billion neurons which communicate with each other to form our thoughts, emotions and behavior. When our neurons communicate in mass, it produces a synchronized electrical pulse known as a brainwave. Our brainwaves can align with an external stimuli, and as a result we can stimulate our brains in ways that could positively effect our psychology and physiology. Using this method we could alter the state of our consciousness in ways that we would usually have difficulty reaching. Entrainment is an effective method which allows you to experience what these states feel like, and how they affect the body.

The most common forms of auditory induced neural entrainment are produced through the usage of monaural, binaural and isochronic tones.

 

- Monaural audio is commonly a sine, square or sawtooth wave distributed through a single audio channel, opposed to binaural audio where it uses both left and right stereo channels. Headphones are not required, but some may prefer it.

 

- Binaural audio is composed of a left and right channel, which plays two different frequencies. The difference in each frequency creates a pulse modulation rate which is the key of binaural audio. For example, if you were to use a sine wave of 440 Hz on the left side, and 432 Hz on the right side, you would have a pulse modulation rate of 8 Hz. Headphones are not required, but are highly recommended.

 

- Isochronic audio is a wave which is modified by pulse width, a fade time, a modulation frequency and depth. In simplest terms it is a tone which is being turned on and off rhythmically. Headphones are not required, but some may prefer it.

 

There are five primary brain wave ranges. They are known as Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma waves.

 

Delta Waves:

Delta waves are the slowest of all and range between 0 - 4 Hz. We experience these waves naturally when we are in the deepest of sleep or meditative states. These waves stimulate healing and regeneration and as a result are vital in the maintenance of health and psychological well being. This is the state of sleep that makes individuals feel well rested, and clear-headed. It is reported that these brain waves are an ideal choice to access your subconscious for deep reprogramming and for the surfacing of the unconscious.

 

Theta Waves:

Theta waves are faster than Delta waves, and range between 4 - 8 Hz. We experience these waves when sleeping or during deep meditation. These waves are the "twilight" state normally experienced between waking and falling asleep. They are beneficial for meditation, learning, memory, sub-conscious organization, intuitive thinking and trance states. It induces a feeling of a "dream like" state.

 

Alpha Waves:

Alpha waves are faster than Theta waves, and range between 8 - 12 Hz. We experience these waves in meditative states or wakefulness. These waves promote a presence of mind, clarity, creativity, and stress reduction. It is a resting state for the brain and aids mental coordination, mind/body integration and the learning process. Many report this as an especially pleasureable state of mind.

 

Beta Waves:

Beta waves are faster than Alpha waves, and range between 12 - 38 Hz. This is the range of our normal wakeful state of consciousness. This is when we are wakefully cognizant, attentive, focused, and most eligible to do tasks that require full attention. This is great for discernment, problem solving, and forming complex abstract thoughts. An over-abundance of Beta waves will result in fatigue or exhaustion.

 

Gamma Waves:

Gamma waves are the fastest brain waves, and range between 38-42 Hz. This is the range of peak concentration and cognitive function. It is also useful for everything that Beta waves specialize in, and like Beta waves, an over abundance of Gamma waves will result in fatigue or exhaustion.

Noise:

Noise can be a great addition to neural entrainment. It appears to alleviate discomfort and reverse undesirable effects related to excess usage of a particular wave range. It is often described as being refreshing and revitalizing, particularly when used in combination with nature sounds such as flowing water. Noise can also be used as a sound barrier. The brain uses noise to tune out any background noises lower than it's amplitude. It also seems to help the brain 'tune out' it's auditory stimuli. When a user listens to noise their brain cannot clearly process all of the sound frequencies being heard, so it will zone out naturally because it is overwhelming to even attempt. This is analogous to the idea of a room with a thousand people talking simultaneously at the same volume. You would not be able to focus on any conversation, and you would instinctively hear it as background noise instead. It is similar in effect to cooking an aromatic recipe. You would typically smell everything together, rather than each specific ingredient separately.

The primary forms of noise that are commonly used are: white, pink and brown noise. 

Reported benefits of white noise: beneficial sound barrier (useful for distractions), improved productivity, improved concentration and focus, mild tinnitus relief, ADHD assistance.


Reported benefits of pink noise: improved concentration and focus, soothing effects, improved memory, improved productivity, improved sleep and alleviated headaches among other beneficial effects.

Reported benefits of brown noise: sleep/rest quality improvement, superior tinnitus relief, improved concentration and focus, improved memory, increased reading comprehension, relaxation aid, meditation aid, calm nervous pets and children and a comfortable but useful sound barrier among other beneficial effects.

I am creating a wide variety of content which includes, but is not limited to: ​neural entrainment, nature soundscapes, meditation sessions, subliminal messages, original compositions, and educational blog posts.


The aims of my channel are to provide a service that offers only the highest quality material that is scientifically based and is focused on safety, effectiveness, transparency and integrity. I wish to release effective and efficient work, to minimize wasted time and help those who seek it. It is crucial to provide accurate information about responsible usage, precautions, risks, benefits and effects.


I had originally started creating auditory neural entrainment for my own personal usage. I was introduced to it several years ago, when I was desperate for pain relief and all other options I had tried weren't working. I have seen many channels making absurd claims, with a lack of a scientific basis resulting in videos with supposed effects that are mostly fantasy-based. Some of these channels had content that was detrimental to health, and had abused the faith/trust of naive individuals seeking genuine benefits, regardless of the intent of the creator. I believe that some are genuinely attempting to contribute something positive, but I undoubtedly know that a majority of creators are unfamiliar with scientific literature and are primarily concerned about profits. I was frustrated with these channels wasting my time with false promises, and felt that many others were probably experiencing the same issues. 


This motivated me to study the concept extensively and create my own files for personal usage. I had especially taken interest in anatomy, physiology, bio-psychology, bio-acoustics, psycho-acoustics, cymatics, genetics, and chemistry just to name a few subjects. 


All content produced by my channel goes through a 5-step process before release. This involves conceptualization, creation, experimentation, post-creation editing, and public release.


The conceptualization stage is the initial design of each file, and it's conceptual purpose. This includes forming or gathering information supporting the scientific basis, and creating a list of potential frequencies which may be used for it's intended purpose. It is at this time that I decide what method will be used for maximum effectiveness.


The creation stage is when the initial draft is more thoroughly designed, and created. Depending on the method of creation, sine or square waves are produced, edited, mixed and composed together. 


The experimental stage is when I personally test each file, and sometimes share it with trusted individuals. It is often the case that many notes are taken for the sake of improvement and comfort. If the file doesn't seem to be effective, it is deleted at this stage. 


The post-creation editing stage is when edits are made to improve the file based on the notes from the experimental stage. When editing is complete, the experimental stage is repeated.


The public release stage is when the file is complete. It is matched with imagery and text in Sony Vegas Pro to create a video and is rendered at 1080P HD to minimize file compression.


After experimenting and experiencing positive effects, I had eventually started rendering videos and posting them to YouTube. My intent was to share the benefits of what I was doing with whomever was seeking it. In response to this, I began slowly gaining a viewer base which was very friendly and thankful, and they were in the same fundamental position as myself. They were concerned about effectiveness of others, and about the variety of content produced. My work was well received, and listeners/subscribers often expressed their appreciation for effective files with detailed descriptions. This led some individuals to request content/frequency combinations that couldn't be found, and I was delighted to provide them to those who had asked. I started gaining more and more subscribers at an exponential rate and as this happened I had naturally gained more requests. 


I would like to take this opportunity to make it clear that I love creating content/requests for those who kindly ask. I will continue to do all requests, however I must do them fairly and in as much of a timely manner as possible. I offer this service for free and always will, however I currently only have a certain amount of time which I may allocate towards this. If you are appreciative and wish to support any of my work you could go to the Support tab, which contains several methods an individual could use to contribute.​​​ With your support I can spend more time creating these files, and communicating with those who are interested, whether it's through comments or e-mail. All content will be available for free download upon release. I feel that if I release my work based on a reciprocity model (advertising and accepting donations), I can do my part to make it widely available to help benefit all, and improve upon the freely available "standard". All work produced by this channel will not be subject to financial or time constraints, this will help ensure a high standard of quality.

This channel will be uploading a new video at-least once per week, complete with a detailed description. I will be responding to all comments on each video, particularly quickly within the first few hours of it's upload.

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