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When I was young, my parents used to always say: “Switch of that music and do your homework!!” At that time, it was believed that listening to music while studying was distracting.

Let’s not forget that the science, in those days, had me forced into eating tons of spinach in the misinformed belief that it would make me healthy. It was generally believed that spinach contained an incredible amount of iron, but today we all knows that this belief was due to a decimal point somehow ending up in the wrong place!

Improve Productivity

Everybody knows that music can improve our mood and generate positive feelings, but now it seems it is considered to be good to listen to music while studying. In fact, there are a number of studies that prove that we can actually study better while listening to music. There are also studies showing that music can significantly boost productivity. Apparently, music blocks out background noise and replaces unpredictable distractions with predictable and rhythmic sounds, thereby significantly improving the ability to remain focused.

Retain More Information

Research confirms that music can also help us to concentrate and perform for longer periods of time. This is particularly true for tasks that involve us being creative. Music can be used specifically to initiate internal processing and facilitate inventiveness. The tempo and rhythmic patterns of music help to maintain attention. Music can also help us to stay alert when we’re feeling drowsy. More importantly, studying while listening to the right music can help us to retain more information – turning it into a sort of auditory memory booster!

Background Music

One study found that students who attended a lecture where music was playing quietly in the background, scored significantly higher than students who attended the same lecture without music. And it’s not just music: recent studies have shown that listening to special recordings containing Brainwave Entrainment techniques, such as Binaural Beats, can significantly increase IQ and improve academic test scores!

Work Better in Coffee Shops.

Coffee shop workers have reported that they feel more focused, effective and creative. It seems that the sound of coffee shops is conducive to concentration and productivity. This seems to be because the sound provides the ideal level of distraction. Science suggests that the increased effort used to work against small distractions can actually enhance concentration and retention levels. In one study, 300 participants were exposed to an ambient background noise of around 70 decibels, which is about the level of a medium to busy coffee shop. They were then asked questions using objective word-association. Their score was significantly higher with background sounds than when the test was conducted in silence.

So there we have it: the state of mind that is achieved by listening to sound and music can help us to study better, learn more, concentrate for longer, and retain more information. So put on those head-phones and get to work! (…with a nice cup of coffee or lovely plate of spinach!)

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SonicTonic is an app that has specifically designed programmes to improve focus and concentration. There is even a free series of surround-recordings of coffee shops.

Visit www.sonictonic.io

 

Sources:

Music during lectures: Will students learn better?

Research Shows Listening to Music Increases Productivity (and Some Types of Music Are Super Effective)

Do you get your best work done in coffee shops? Here’s why

The Best Music to Listen to For Optimal Productivity, According to Science

“The Effects of Various Kinds of Background Music on the I.Q. Scores of Ninth-Grade Students”

 

 

 

Receptive Sound Therapy uses auditory stimuli to help make positive changes in a persons mood, attitude, and actions. By positively influencing thoughts and feelings, it aims to improve their general life quality. As opposed to psychological stimulus, which uses a sound or a piece of music that has an existing association to a place, person, thought or experience to trigger a memory-based reaction, a neurological response is initiated by the properties of a sound itself and not by any pre–existing associations.

One way to achieve a neurological response is via Brainwave Entrainment, which involves synchronising brainwaves to an external stimulus. There are a number of techniques that can do this, but let’s examine one called “Binaural Beats”. It is an effective tool for influencing both cognitive and physiological processes – such as memory, creativity or pain management. Binaural Beats can speed-up or slow-down brainwaves to influence everything from relaxation, sleep, focus, and general well-being. In neurophysiology, the effect of Binaural Beats has been examined extensively and the influence they can have on our brains has been thoroughly documented.

How Do Binaural Beats Work?

Binaural Beats are responsible for a psychoacoustic phenomenon that occurs in the brain when the right and left ears are exposed to sine waves at a constant amplitude with a slight difference in frequency for each ear. For example, if a sine wave at 430 Hz is played in the left ear, and at the same time a sine wave at 440 Hz is played to the right ear (preferably over headphones), then the listener will perceive a pulsating tone of 10 Hz. The pulse produced in the head corresponds to the difference between the two frequencies.

Neurophysiological Research

There have been studies that have investigated the effect of Binaural Beats on the human organism – both on cognitive processes, e.g. creativity, memory, and physical aspects, such as pain. In the following page, we will take a look at some of this neurophysiological research.

Memory Performance

A study by Prof. T. Ortis investigated the effect of Binaural Beats on memory performance. As part of the experiment, twenty subjects were asked to remember incoherent words and then recite them back from memory. During the study, which was conducted over a 15-day period, they were stimulated with various acoustic signals: Binaural Beats of 5Hz and 13Hz and white noise, respectively. The results showed a significant positive effect as for those exposed twice a day to 15 minutes of 5Hz Binaural Beats.

Boost Creativity

At Leiden University in the Netherlands, an experiment explored the connection between Binaural Beats and creativity. In the study, 24 subjects performed 3 experiments per day: In the first, they were stimulated with a Binaural Beat using an Alpha frequency of 10 Hz, in the second with a Binaural Beat using a Gamma frequency of 40 Hz and in the third with a non-binaural, constant tone of 340Hz as a control situation.

The order of the three experiments was varied from participant to participant. At the beginning of the experiment, the participants were stimulated with one of the three sound sources, and then, while the audio signal was on, given various tasks requiring creative thinking.

In one part of the experiment, divergent thinking was examined. Tasks were set, e.g. to enumerate as many uses of a household item as possible in a given period of time. The second part of the task involved the study of convergent thinking. Participants were given the task of finding a word that can be linked to the three others, such as combining“super” with ’market’, ‘star’ and ‘hero’. The study found that stimulation with Binaural Beats, regardless of frequency, positively affects divergent thinking. On the other hand, the third non-binaural sound had no effect whatsoever on convergent thinking.

Reduce Anxiety

The prospect of surgery often leaves patients with a sense of anxiety. This can be explained by the feared loss of control, the unfamiliar environment, and the perceived risk of the procedure. Dr. Padmanabhan and his colleagues investigated the influence of Binaural Beats on the feelings of anxiety experienced before an upcoming operation. The study was conducted at the Sunderland Royal Hospital over a 6-month period with a total of 108 patients who were awaiting surgery under general anaesthesia.
About 45-60 minutes before surgery, participants were asked to complete a questionnaire to help them understand their subjective anxiety. Thereafter, each participant had one of the following randomly-triggered actions:

 

  • A Binaural Beat embedded in a soundtrack was played to them
  • A soundtrack without a Binaural Beat was played to them, or
  • No audio file was played to them (the Participants were allowed to read or watch TV, for example).

Participants were then asked to complete the same questionnaire again. The result was a significant reduction in the level of anxiety for those who had listened to Binaural Beats.

Reduce Pain

A study by Dr. Donna D. Zampi investigated whether Binaural Beats can be used effectively to relieve chronic pain. To this end, 36 patients who were suffering from various types of chronic pain were divided into two groups. One group listened to Binaural Beats at 6Hz for 20 minutes on 14 consecutive days, while the other group listened to a non-binaural tone of 300Hz as placebo. Subsequently, the groups were changed for the next 14 days. As a result, it could be proven that the perceived pain could be significantly lowered by listening to Binaural Beats.

Can Binaural Beats be Measured?

A number of studies have proven that listening to Binaural Beats can influence brainwaves and that the brain will synchronize to the frequency given by the Binaural Beats. This can be measured when a large number of neurons in the brain, send small electro-chemical signals to each other. This activity can be detected and visualized on an electroencephalogram (EEG). The voltage fluctuations on the surface of the head are measured and show the electrical activity of the brain as brainwaves.

Conclusion

It is safe to say, it is scientifically proven that Binaural Beats can positively influence various cognitive and physical processes, such as memory, creativity, fear or pain. Many listeners perceive Binaural Beats to be more pleasant when they are embedded in music as opposed to listening to pure sine waves.

SonicTonic provides both options.

 

 

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Based on a German posting by musicfox.com

 

Together with the Neurologist, Professor Dr. med Yong-Seun Chang-Gusko, Professor of Health and Social Management at the FOM School of Economics & Management in Hamburg, Germany, we conducted a study to measure the efficacy of the e-Health app SonicTonic on a group of students. The questionnaire was developed by the SonicTonic team and consisted of a pre and post test to collect personal and app-based data. The users received a coupon code, which allowed free access to the app, and they were encouraged to use the appropriate sound programmes when they wanted to sleep or relax. The duration of the study was 1 month.

Subjects Data:

  • Number of participants: 16
  • Gender: Predominantly female
  • Age: 21 – 25 years old
  • Interests: music, lifestyle, medicine
  • Main problems: sleep disorders and stress

 

The test group proved to be balanced and felt confident about using technical equipment. Additionally, they were interested in the possible influence of sound on body and mind. The collected data from both before and after the test was  compiled into an efficacy trial for SonicTonic. Our hypothesis was that the application would alleviate sleep problems, reduce stress and generally improve the user’s quality of life.

The results of this study are presented on the basis of a persona profile:

Julia Meier, female student, 22 years old from Hamburg, had not previously used a sound or music therapy app before SonicTonic. After using the app once or twice a week, she reported an improvement in sleep and relaxation. She was enthusiastic about the simple and practical handling of the app, and found the SonicTonic website informative. She particularly found the Knowledge Pyramid interesting and helpful.

Overall, the hypothesis of the effectiveness of SonicTonic as an e-health application can be positively confirmed. The generated profile, which accounts for approximately 60% of the entire test group, not only shows the high significance of the correlation between sound and sleep, but also the increasing role of e-health in our healthcare system. Comments indicated both psychological and neurological effects.

The physiological response is seen as a memory-based reaction to a piece of music or a music style that triggers an existing association to a place, thought or experience.

A neurological response is one that is triggered by the properties of a sound itself and not any pre–existing associations. Examples of this are the Brainwave Entrainment techniques used in SonicTonic, such as Binaural Beats or Brain Hemisphere Stimulation.

SonicTonic is not considered to be just a sleep app, but more an auditory mental hygiene tool for promoting a more effective life. The study used only Tonics to reduce stress and promote sleep and did not include Tonics for stimulating learning and increasing productivity and focus. This area will be studied at a later date.

 

Conclusion

Using sound and music to intentionally bring positive change may not be a new territory at first glance, but the concept of mixing together a number of existing techniques was considered to be somewhat of an innovation. The student’s data suggested that, by integrating Receptive Sound Therapy into their everyday life, the users are capable of improving social practices, such as work and sleep routine or dealing with anxiety and stress in general – and this as little as just a couple sessions weekly. The convenience of SonicTonic being a mobile application and the short session duration of only 10 minutes allowed the students a seamless integration into their routines – highly recommending the easy-to-use attitude. Especially interesting is the finding that the different auditory techniques (ingredients) have been considered to be “effective”.

Further research on the combination of these techniques is recommended to conclude possible psychological and physical reaction on different age groups and social sectors.

 

Brainwave entrainment is a good example of technology positively affecting biology to intentionally synchronize our brainwave frequencies with an external stimulus. In our case, this stimulus is sound. We use Brainwave Entrainment to align thought patterns for different purposes. For example, to improve sleep, feel less stressed and calm or be more focused. There are various technologies available such as Binaural Beats or Isochronic Tones, that are each described in detail in the Knowledge Pyramid on www.sonictonic.io. This article will tell you about the different types of brainwaves and what they do.

 

What is Brainwave Entrainment?

Brainwave entrainment is the synchronization of the two hemispheres in the brain. Therefore, brainwave entrainment is also referred to as hemispheric synchronization. Using technical methods, it is possible to influence and reconcile the brain waves. Sound waves for instance are nothing more than vibrations of air. These little waves pulsate in a certain rhythmical pattern, that is being adopted by the brain waves. Like stomping your foot to a beat that is being played.
If you are very tense and need to concentrate, your brain will work in the gamma frequency range at 40 Hz (40 cycles per second). The dreamless deep sleep phase takes place in the delta frequency band – your brain waves then oscillate between 0.1 and 4 Hz.
By specifically influencing the brainwaves, you can control the individual activities in the brain itself. These states can be initiated entirely without the aid of technical means. For example, if you want to relax, or go to bed: if you live well, you will come to sleep without any aids.

 

How does Brainwave technology work?

Stimulation of the brain waves causes certain states of consciousness. The brain is consciously directed to the appropriate work mode in which it works best.
It can be proven that brain waves can be influenced if you provide the brain with opportunities that it understands. Since the brain waves move in the frequency range between 0.1 and 40 Hz, it just needs these frequency bands to address the brain directly. Problem: Human hearing perceives sounds that range from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz. Outside this frequency range we cannot hear any frequencies. Brainwave technology, however, knows ways to circumvent this.

 

Firstly, it is important to know that humans display five different types of electrical patterns or “brainwaves” across the cortex. All brainwave entrainment increases the growth of new neural pathways, and improves the communication between the right and left hemispheres.

From high to low frequency, the brainwaves are:

Gamma 31 Hz -100 Hz, Beta 14 Hz -30 Hz, Alpha 9 Hz-13 Hz, Theta 4 Hz -8 Hz, and Delta 0 Hz – 4 Hz. The brainwaves can be observed with an EEG (“electroencephalograph”) – a tool that makes brainwave patterns visible.

Each brainwave has a specific purpose and allows for optimal mental functioning. Our brain’s ability to become flexible and to transition through the various brainwave frequencies plays a large role in how successful we are at managing stress, focusing on tasks, or getting a good night’s sleep.

If one of the five types of brainwaves is either overproduced or under produced in our brain, it can cause us problems. For this reason, it is important to understand that there is no single brainwave that is “better” or more “optimal” than the other. They all have their purpose at different times. By exposing ourselves to specific frequencies, we can influence the way we think and feel. Let’s take a look at the individual frequencies.

 

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  • Delta Waves |(0 Hz to 4 Hz) (Slowest)

 

These are the slowest recorded brain waves in human beings. They are found most often in infants as well as young children. As we age, we tend to produce less delta even during deep sleep. They are associated with the deepest levels of relaxation and restorative, healing sleep. They have also been found to be involved in unconscious bodily functions such as regulating heart beat and digestion. Adequate production of delta waves helps us feel completely rejuvenated after we wake up from a good night’s sleep. If there is abnormal delta activity, an individual may experience learning disabilities or have difficulties maintaining conscious awareness (such as in cases of brain injuries).

 

Lack of Delta Waves can cause: Inability to rejuvenate body, inability to revitalise the brain, poor sleep

 

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  • Theta Waves |4 Hz to 8 Hz (Slow)

 

Theta is the best state for memorisation and creativity. In the Theta state the brain activity has slowed below Alpha (at approximately 4-8 Hz) and an even greater connection occurs between the conscious and unconscious mind. It is here that intuition and spontaneity happen, and creative problem solving can be well-utilized. The Theta state is often suspected to be the resource of great artists and thinkers. If you need to memorise a lot of information – history, formulas, etc., Theta may be your best bet. Theta waves are connected to us experiencing and feeling deep and raw emotions. Too much theta activity may make people prone to bouts of depression and may make them “highly suggestible” based on the fact that they are in a deeply relaxed, semi-hypnotic state. Theta waves can help us to improve our intuition, creativity, and makes us feel more natural. They are also involved in restorative sleep and daydreaming. As long as Theta isn’t produced in excess during our waking hours, it is a very helpful brain wave range.

 

Lack of Theta Waves can cause: Anxiety, poor emotional awareness, stress

 

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  • Alpha | 9 Hz to 13 Hz (Moderate)

 

The Alpha state occurs when brain activity slows just below the normal waking state of Beta (14-30 Hz). In Alpha, the mind and body are relaxed but a level of focus is easily maintained. Modern brain science has shown that only 1 of 6 of our brain’s processing methods happen on the conscious level, so there is certainly a benefit in engaging the deeper parts of the brain, while taking in information. This frequency range bridges the gap between our conscious thinking and subconscious mind. In other words, alpha is the frequency range between beta and theta. It helps us calm down when necessary and promotes feelings of deep relaxation. If we become stressed, a phenomenon called “alpha blocking” may occur which involves excessive beta activity and very little alpha. Essentially the beta waves “block” out the production of alpha because we become too aroused. There is also a greater link between the conscious and subconscious mind in Alpha, meaning that while one is consciously learning, their brain is also unconsciously processing what one is learning.

 

Lack of Alpha Waves can cause: Anxiety, high stress, insomnia, OCD

 

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  • Beta 14 Hz to 30 Hz (High)

 

These are known as high frequency low amplitude brain waves that are commonly observed while we are awake. They are involved in conscious thought, logical thinking, and tend to have a stimulating affect. Having the right amount of beta waves allows us to focus and complete school or work-based tasks easily. Having too much beta may lead to us experiencing excessive stress and/or anxiety. The higher beta frequencies are associated with high levels of arousal. When you drink caffeine or have another stimulant, your beta activity will naturally increase. Think of these as being very fast brain waves that most people exhibit throughout the day in order to complete conscious tasks such as: critical thinking, writing, reading, and socialization.

 

Lack of Beta Waves can cause: ADHD, daydreaming, depression, poor cognition

 

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  • Gamma | 31 Hz to 100 Hz (Highest)

 

There is also great value in producing Gamma waves, as these, more than the other brainwaves, have been directly linked to increased IQ, enhanced cognitive function, and improved memory. If you need to learn something new, I would recommend Alpha, as the relaxed yet focused mental state will make it much easier to stay interested and process clearly. It also wouldn’t’t be a bad idea to listen to some Gamma brainwave entrainment audios on a semi-regular basis when one is not actually studying to help boost IQ and cognitive functioning. Gamma waves are involved in higher processing tasks as well as cognitive functioning. Gamma waves are important for learning, memory and information processing. It is thought that the 40 Hz gamma wave is important for the binding of our senses in regards to perception and are involved in learning new material. It has been found that individuals who are mentally challenged and have learning disabilities tend to have lower gamma activity than average.

 

Lack of Gamma Waves can cause: ADHD, depression, learning disabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) has been widely reported to relieve insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, and a whole lot of other wonderful things!

Sometimes referred to as Mind Massage, ASMR uses a palette of binaural sounds – such as tapping, scratching, and whispering – to generate an enjoyable sensation of tingling and goosebumps, which is commonly considered to be very relaxing. Compared to the short chill effect which can be experienced through music, ASMR can induce a long-lasting pleasant sensation – which probably explains why it is currently being used by millions of people. The immersive soundscapes in SonicTonic have been created using a combination of special binaural surround microphones and custom 3D spatial audio software.

To get a better idea of what ASMR is all about, we have prepared a short quiz. It is a great chance to experience one of the remarkable techniques used in SonicTonic. If you like it, which we are sure you will! – use the coupon code below to experience a full-length ASMR in SonicTonic!

Enjoy the Quiz!

Your Special Coupon Code: ASMRME (10 Credits)
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SonicTonic is a self-management app that uses Receptive Sound Therapy for influencing thoughts and feelings to bring about positive changes in mood, attitude, and actions.  Its  science-based  design helps to reduce stress, improve sleep, aid relaxation, boost concentration, and even increase boost concentration and learning capabilities. It also addresses a number of other issues, such as anxiety, burnout, depression, and phobias.

Sound therapy – “Music is for the soul”. The truth of these words has now been proven by the sound therapies.

The scientists are amazed at the discovery of some soothing sounds in our nature. Especially nowadays, when we are struggling with a lot of stress, this discovery is gaining more importance than ever. They found that slow melodies help reduce stress and anxiety. While fast songs can increase concentration and attention, the result on slow songs looks different. In sound therapy, body and mind find relaxation with slow rhythmic songs / sounds. This can be made possible by a piece of music or a special composition of natural sounds.

That stress physically and mentally puts a burden on us is known to anyone. But what exactly happens in our brain? Why is it harmful to be exposed to stress?

Chronic stress increases the stress hormone cortisol and affects many brain functions. The result is mood swings, forgetfulness and other mental issues. When the brain is stressed for an extended period of time, it signals the adrenaline to release adrenaline through the spinal cord. This process then triggers an increase in blood sugar, increases heart rate and blood pressure. Stress also causes the brain to influence the production of the stress hormone cortisol. So stress tells our body to release pressurized stress hormones like epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol. Excess cortisol can also cause a number of physical health problems such as weight gain, osteoporosis, irritability, restlessness, fatigue, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, cancer, tension headaches and migraines, heart disease and diabetes.

In short, stress weakens our immune system and favours the penetration of possible diseases into our life’s nervous system.

So, to combat this health threat that affects the lives of millions of people, sound therapy is recommended as a natural way of calming our nerves and brains.

Cognitive scientists and researchers in music therapy are of the opinion that slower musical beats (rhythms) have the ability to alter the speed of the brain wave, inducing meditative or hypnotic state. According to them, this is probably the reason why so many cultures and religious services make ceremonial music an important part of important rituals. The same is true with some exercise patterns like yoga. Sound healers also say that listening to percussive instruments such as gongs, Tibetan singing bowls and tuning forks destroys stress and possesses the ability to put the listener in a meditative state.

Many sound therapists have discovered some powerful, slow songs like “Someone Like You” by Adele, “Watermark” by Enya and “Weightless” by Marconi Union. The last one was praised especially by clay therapists. The piece was put together in collaboration with sound therapists. It has carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines that help to slow a listener’s heart rate, lower blood pressure and lower the stress hormone cortisol.

source: Online Nigeria 

 

Receptive Sound Therapy has not only been proven to reduce stress, improve sleep and help with uncomfortable psychological problems; There are studies that show that it can improve concentration, boost motivation and increase energy. There are two aspects to Receptive Sound Therapy: The Neurological and the Psychological.

The Neurological Aspect: Brainwave Entrainment

Brainwave patterns are directly related to our everyday lives. For example, monitoring a person’s brainwave pattern will determine if the person is tired, full of energy, or focused. It is equally interesting for people with depression, anxiety and a host of other disorders. Brainwave Entrainment is able to effectively and accurately influence brainwave patterns. By changing and optimising specific frequencies, a huge range of problems can be dramatically reduced or eliminated. For example, memory, concentration, and mental speed can be increased enormously by brainwave stimulation. Sleep and deep stages of meditation can be initiated, headaches can be reduced. Brainwave Entrainment can even promote the release of helpful chemicals such as growth hormone and serotonin.

The Psychological Aspect: Suggestions, Visualisations and Hypnosis

For problems that can not be solved by Brainwave Entrainment alone, there are a number of other proven sound-based psychological techniques that can be used. Suggestions (affirmations) and visualisation techniques are available to overcome anxiety, quit smoking, lose weight, boost self-esteem, performance and motivation – and much more. Hypnosis, for example, is a well-known psychological technique. The task of the hypnotist is primarily to relax the patient to bring his mind into a receptive state (the so-called hypnotic trance). The hypnotist uses a series of suggestions. These are sentences or commands , such as, “You are self-confident and self-determined!. When your mind is in a receptive state, suggestions and other psychological techniques (such as visualisations) can have a quick and dramatic effect on your thinking, behaviour and emotional state. There are excellent recorded audio programs available that combine professional hypnosis scripts with powerful brainwave entrainment techniques that bring the user’s brainwave patterns quickly into an optimal receptive state.

Extensively researched and used for over 70 years.

In 1998, Dr. David Trudeau used 18 Hz frequencies for the treatment of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and documented very positive results on the  reduction of depression and impulsivity. The patients reported increased energy and improved sleep. Michael Hutchison also mentions this frequency in his book “MegaBrain” for the purpose of increasing energy and motivation. A similar result was achieved by Dr. Cary Howard in his study in 1986, where 12 students had significantly reduced symptoms fatigue at the end of a seven-week course.

The techniques used in Receptive Sound Therapy have been created to bring about quick and long-lasting positive changes. They address two main categories, the psychological and neurological aspects. Mental problems will often require a combination of these two approaches. Depression, for example, can be treated most effectively by increasing the release of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin. And this is not a new technology; in fact, it has been extensively researched and used for over 70 years.

 

Further Reading

Frederick, J. A., Lubar, J. F., Rasey, H. W., Brim, S. A., & Blackburn, J. (1999). Effects of 18.5 Hz auditory and visual stimulation on EEG amplitude at the vertex. Journal of Neurotherapy, 3(3-4), 23-28.

Gontkovsky, S. T., & Montgomery, D. D. (1999, June). The physiological response to” beta sweep” entrainment. In APPLIED PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY AND BIOFEEDBACK (Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 133-133).

Hammond, D. C. (2001). Treatment of chronic fatigue with neurofeedback and self-hypnosis. NeuroRehabilitation, 16(4), 295-300.

Howard CE, Graham LE, 2nd, Wycoff SJ. A comparison of methods for reducing stress among dental students. J Dent Educ. 1986;50(9):542-544

Hutchison, M. (1986). Megabrain: New tools and techniques for brain growth and mind expansion. New York: Beech Tree Books.

Trudeu, D. (1999). A trial of 18 Hz Audio-Visual Stimulation (AVS) on Attention and Concentration in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Presented at the Society for Neuronal Regulation.

 

 

Autosuggestion trains the subconscious mind to influence the way a person thinks, perceives and believes. As well as implementing the power of positive thinking, it builds on such techniques as Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Autogenic Training, Active Imagination and other tried and tested psychological methods.

Emile Coué (1857-1926) was a French pharmacist and pioneer of autosuggestion. Coué who, after reading the writings on hypnosis from the “School of Nancy” (A. Liébeaut and H. Bernheim), developed a very simple method of self-hypnosis. Every day before falling asleep and after waking up, the patient should repeat 20-30 times the now famous sentence: “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.

Autosuggestion uses positive affirmations to replace negative thoughts, opinions or beliefs with good and healthy ones. For this technique to properly take effect, the recipient must first achieve an altered state of consciousness. The reason for this is that, when we are in our normal waking state, the new thoughts or ideas have to get past our critical minds, which isn’t that easy. When the idea that we want to suggest, contradicts a belief or opinion that we have previously held to be true, we immediately activate and reinforce the original thought we wanted to avoid, which is not going to give us the effect we want.

Under The Radar

“Unconscious” is the keyword; Positive affirmations, such as Coué’s aforementioned line, enter our minds under the radar. They by-pass our critical mind and create new beliefs.  It is the same thing when we are dealing with stress: in the waking state of consciousness, we tell ourselves to relax and it just doesn’t work. The more we will ourselves to relax, the more we just get tense. But when we hear new ideas or suggestions, communicated in a slow, monotonous voice, or embedded in relaxing music, they are more inclined reach our subconscious mind, and our critical minds will be distracted. The words influence us, and the effect is that we relax.

The reason that the Coué method of autosuggestion is so effective in making positive mental changes, is because it does not involve willpower. Attempting to use willpower inevitably leads to the strengthening of exactly those existing ideas, that we want to avoid.

So whether you want to reduce stress, relax or change some unwanted or disturbing mental patterns, autosuggestion will help you to switch off your critical minds in order to achieve the mental state you desire.  For best results, you should make it a habit and integrate the program into your daily routine!

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SonicTonic uses autosuggestion

SonicTonic is a revolutionary sound-based tool for providing quick and effective help to those who are having problems with sleep, stress, depression, anxiety, and pain. It uses Receptive Sound Therapy – a balanced blend of proven auditory healthcare techniques. Purpose-targeted audio programs are available via the SonicTonic app for Android and iOS. The programmes that use autosuggestion are tagged with this icon: 

In a study at China’s Peking University, an impressive 75% of study participants reported more restful sleep when exposed to pink noise.
It was discovered that it regulates your brain waves, which is a hallmark of super-restful sleep. A pink noise programme is available for free in the SonicTonic app. Get it here.
Read the full article here.


An important affect of using SonicTonic is the altered state of consciousness that is experienced largely due to the movement of sound caused by panning, ASMR and virtual surround sound software. Interestingly, the experience and identification of positioning varies from person to person.  Neuroscientists from the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS) at the University of Montreal have recently published a study in the Journal of neuroscience, examining the representation of vertical sound direction in the auditory cortex using an fMRI scanner, proving that what we hear is affected by the shape of our ears.



Source: The New York times (Veronique Greenwood) | Journal of neuroscience (Régis Trapeau and Marc Schönwiesner from the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS)