Binaural Beats Provide Help with many Issues Including Bad Concentration and Studying

Posted on October 30, 2012 by

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By Matthew Cunsolo

Are you the kind of person who needs to get up and go somewhere in order to do schoolwork? Personally, I can’t focus very well in my room. I fatigue quickly and my mind tends to wander much more easily than it does in a classroom environment. If this happens to you, you may have heard about those scientific studies that have confirmed that when someone tries to do homework while sitting in bed, their brain is in sleep-mode merely from being on that bed and thus is ill equipped to focus. Conversely, if you do too much schoolwork in bed, your brain will associate bed with work-mode and you will have a hard time sleeping. An interesting and relevant sidenote, this however, is not what I’m here to tell you about. I am here to propose a solution.

I find places like cafes (the library cafe here at WSU, Nu Cafe, The Bean Counter) much more conducive to long periods of schoolwork. But there is one problem – the noise. The energy of the room somehow enlivens me in a way that sitting alone in a quiet room does not, but it always has the undesirable side effect of loud interruption of concentration. Good news comrades, I have found the cure and I wish to share it with you.

With the use of binaural beats, you can turn any crowded, noisy room into the perfect, focused, ultra-zen study zone. The binaural beat is an auditory phenomenon that is actually created by your brain. One solid frequency is played into your left ear, and then another at a slightly different frequency is played into your right ear. The result is a low frequency pulsation that appears to your ears to be very real, but is in fact an illusion created by your brain. You can test this by putting only one headphone in at a time. You will notice that you are really listening to two, solid sounds, that when combined sound like waves of pulsation.

This is more than just a cool parlor trick; there is a huge range of applications for binaural beats. See, because the pulsing effect is literally created by your brain, these frequencies can influence your brain directly. The frequencies are broken down into what they call Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Theta waves. The technicalities behind the nomenclature (look it up if you don’t know that word) here is not important, all you need to know is that each type of wave frequency will affect you differently – Alpha being the highest frequency and Theta the lowest. The effect of listening to binaural beats over extended periods of time – that is also important, the longer you listen the more it works – is that you become more alert, more focused and more productive. Either that or you will become very peaceful and relaxed. Generally, higher frequencies promote productivity and energy whereas lower frequencies are perfect for meditation or simply unwinding after a long day. It’s different for everyone so try out different frequencies and find what works for you.

It is imperative that you use stereo headphones or this will not work. If you want to use this as a study aid, get a pair of noise canceling earbuds and the earplug quality of the headphones, combined with the noise of the binaural beats will be enough to turn any loud room into pure zen. Ok so where do you find these? They’re all over the Internet – just Google them. Many are actually binaural beat patterns played in the background of a song. A pure, robotic, pulsing sound puts some people off, so having it masked in atmospheric music might be more your thing. I find that the songs people have made that incorporate binaural beats are great for meditation and relaxation but distracting for study. Search YouTube for “binaural beats study” and you’ll get the right stuff. Also, one of the most effective examples of this is on the Wikipedia page if you just search “binaural beats.” It’s a sound file near the top of the page. It doesn’t come up on the Smartphone version of Wikipedia so use your laptop.

Long-term effects of binaural beat use include increased neuro-plasticity, which is your brain’s ability to form new neural connections – a very good thing. Unverified claims are that binaural beats help with memorization, quitting smoking and even improving athletic performance. Though none of these are verified, I listen to these things all the time and I’ll tell you I believe it. I’m actually even listening to binaural beats right now and have been throughout the construction of this entire article. Fancy that. Once you try these don’t be surprised if you never want to read, study or write a paper without them again. You’re welcome.

 

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