What is Brainwave Entrainment?

girl headphonesBrainwave Entrainment (BWE) is the practice of using the technology of binaural / isochronic / sound waves such as we are using at atuneu to cause brainwave frequencies to fall into a desired state, such as relaxation, focus, or meditation. BWE most frequently uses binaural beats and isochronic tones at its core, although there are also visual means of achieving BWE.

Brainwave Entrainment Research

Our technology partner, Transparent Corporation, is one of the chief proponents of Brainwave Entrainment methodology and an expert in this field today. Using both neurofeedback and biofeedback, Transparent Corporation research fuels ongoing development of brainwave entrainment software, which continues to be used by medical professionals and therapists all over the world.

The Origins of Brainwave Entrainment 

HuygensBrainwave Entrainment was first identified around 1665 by Dutch scientist Christian Huygens, who observed that over time, pendulums of all the clocks he had in a room fell into synchronization with each other. Even when he activated them at different times, they all eventually resynchronized themselves with each other.  He termed this phenomenon ‘entrainment’.

By the 1960s entrainment started to become a tool rather than a phenomenon of the brain. In a 1973 issue of Scientific American, Dr. Gerald Oster examined how combining 2 pure tones resulted in a rhythmic beat which he called Binaural and Monaural Beats.

In the 1980s, TENS Unit inventor Norman Shealy studied the effects of 30 minutes session of brainwave entrainment at 10Hz.  He found a daytime drop in the level of the sleep hormone, melatonin, and large increases in the ‘happy’ chemicals endorphin, serotonin, and norepinephrine.

Research has continued into the 21st Century as brainwave entrainment gains in popularity.  Prominent neoroscientists such as Dr Thomas Budzynski, David Siever, psychologist Michael Joyce, and Transparent Corporation’s Dr Tina Huang are leading the way.

Advantages of Brainwave Entrainment

All of the following are scientifically accepted uses for brainwave entrainment, and in many cases are often prescribed by medical practitioners and therapists.

  • sleep induction & insomnia
  • anxiety and stress relief
  • relaxation
  • meditation
  • memory: learning & recall
  • pain management
  • ADD/ADHD
  • problem solving
  • lucid dreaming
  • substance addictions

In addition to this, many people are turning to BWE to experience more esoteric states of consciousness such as astral travel and out of body experiences.

Brainwave Entrainment Recordings

All our Brainwave Entrainment recordings are designed to quickly reach the desired brainwave state. Many of them can be listened to during the day and without headphones, although we recommend headphones for a more personal and engaging experience.