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The listings below represent our attempt to point you, our visitor, in the right direction toward researching more about brainwave entrainment. It does not by any means represent the entirety of the research conducted in this field. And, new research comes out all the time.
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Transparent's Peer-Reviewed Research
Title: A Comprehensive Review of the Psychological Effects of Brainwave Entrainment
Authors: Tina Huang, PhD, Christine Charyton, PhD
Published: September, 2008 in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, VOL. 14, NO. 5
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Brainwave Infographics
For more information about each brainwave frequency, and the corresponding benefits of stimulation at that frequency, check out our infographic series. These images contain an in-depth overview of some of the most significant, peer-reviewed research into the benefits of brainwave entrainment.

 

Peer-Reviewed, Placebo-Controlled Studies
Below is a list of peer-reviewed, controlled studies on brainwave entrainment.
We have categorized them by the type of control used.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to copyright restrictions, we cannot offer download links for any of the below studies. Contact the individual journals for more information on obtaining them.

 

Studies that compared different experimental conditions against each other

Howard, C. E., Graham, L. E., 2nd and Wycoff, S. J., 1986. "A comparison of methods for reducing stress among dental students." J Dent Educ. 50, 542-544.

Lane, J. D., Kasian, S. J., Owens, J. E. and Marsh, G. R., 1998. "Binaural auditory beats affect vigilance performance and mood." Physiol Behav. 63, 249-252.

Leonard, K. N., Telch, M. J. and Harrington, P. J., 1999. "Dissociation in the laboratory: a comparison of strategies." Behav Res Ther. 37, 49-61.

Morse, D. R. and Chow, E., 1993. "The effect of the Relaxodont brain wave synchronizer on endodontic anxiety: evaluation by galvanic skin resistance, pulse rate, physical reactions, and questionnaire responses." Int J Psychosom. 40, 68-76.

Ossebaard, H. C., 2000. "Stress reduction by technology? An experimental study into the effects of brainmachines on burnout and state anxiety." Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 25, 93-101.

Rosenfeld, J. P., Reinhart, A. M. and Srivastava, S., 1997. "The effects of alpha (10-Hz) and beta (22-Hz) "entrainment" stimulation on the alpha and beta EEG bands: individual differences are critical to prediction of effects." Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 22, 3-20.

San Martini, P., Venturini, R., Zapponi, G. A. and Loizzo, A., 1979." Interaction between intermittent photic stimulation and auditory stimulation on the human EEG. Preliminary investigation through power spectral analysis." Neuropsychobiology. 5, 201-206.

Williams, J., Ramaswamy, D. and Oulhaj, A., 2006. "10 Hz flicker improves recognition memory in older people." BMC Neurosci. 7, 21.

Williams, J. H., 2001. "Frequency-specific effects of flicker on recognition memory." Neuroscience. 104, 283-286.

 

Studies with music as controls

Joyce, M. and Siever, D., 2000. "Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE) Program as a Treatment for Behavior Disorders in a School Setting." Journal of Neurotherapy. 4, 9-25.

Kliempt, P., Ruta, D., Ogston, S., Landeck, A. and Martay, K., 1999. "Hemispheric-synchronisation during anaesthesia: a double-blind randomised trial using audiotapes for intra-operative nociception control." Anaesthesia. 54, 769-773.

Padmanabhan, R., Hildreth, A. J. and Laws, D., 2005. "A prospective, randomised, controlled study examining binaural beat audio and pre-operative anxiety in patients undergoing general anaesthesia for day case surgery." Anaesthesia. 60, 874-877.

Wahbeh, H., Calabrese, C. and Zwickey, H., 2007a. "Binaural beat technology in humans: a pilot study to assess psychologic and physiologic effects." J Altern Complement Med. 13, 25-32.

Wahbeh, H., Calabrese, C., Zwickey, H. and Zajdel, D., 2007b. "Binaural beat technology in humans: a pilot study to assess neuropsychologic, physiologic, and electroencephalographic effects." J Altern Complement Med. 13, 199-206.

Vichitvejpaisal, P., 2012. “The Effect of Binaural Beat Audio on Operative Anxiety in Patients Undergoing Local Anesthesia for Ophthalmic Surgery.” (Publication in a peer-reviewed journal is forthcoming)
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Studies with glasses, no photic stim as controls

Kumano, H., Horie, H., Kuboki, T., Suematsu, H., Sato, H., Yasushi, M., Kamei, T. and Masumura, S., 1997. "EEG-driven photic stimulation effect on plasma cortisol and beta-endorphin." Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 22, 193-208.

Nomura, T., Higuchi, K., Yu, H., Sasaki, S., Kimura, S., Itoh, H., Taniguchi, M., Arakawa, T. and Kawai, K., 2006. "Slow-wave photic stimulation relieves patient discomfort during esophagogastroduodenoscopy." J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 21, 54-58.

Solomon, G. D., 1985. "Slow wave photic stimulation in the treatment of headache--a preliminary report." Headache. 25, 444-446.

Berg, K., and Siever, D., 2009. "A controlled comparison of audio-visual entrainment for treating Seasonal Affective Disorder." Journal of Neurotherapy 13.3 (2009): 166-175.

 

Other studies with controls (with no exposure)

Budzynski, T., Jordy, J., Budzynski, H., Tang, H. and Claypoole, K., 1999. "Academic Performance Enhancement with Photic Stimulation and EDR Feedback. Journal of Neurotherapy." 3, 11-21.

Patrick, G. J., 1996. "Improved neuronal regulation in ADHD: An application of fifteen sessions of photic-driven EEG neurotherapy." Journal of Neurotherapy. 1, 27-36.

 

Further Reading

Below are additional reading recommendations.

NOTE: This list recommends studies on entrainment as well as books and additional research into biofeedback and other important aspects this field.

 

Anderson DJ. (1989) The treatment of migraine with variable frequency photo-stimulation. Headache. 29(3):154-155.

Anoukhin, A. "EEG Alpha Rhythm Frequency and Intelligence in Normal Individuals." Intelligence, 23: 1-14

Baehr, E., PhD, Rosenfeld, J. Peter, PhD, & Baehr, R., PhD "Frontal Asymmetry Changes Reflect Brief Mood Shifts in both Normal and Depressed Subjects." Annual Conference, Society of Neuronal Regulation

Baum, Kenneth "The Mental Edge"

Benson, H., M.D. "The Relaxation Response"

Benson H., Wallace, R.K. "Decreased Blood Pressure in Hypertensive Subjects Who Practiced Meditation." Circulation Supplement II to Vols. 45 and 46

Berg, K, Siever, D (1999). "Audio-Visual Entrainment as a Treatment Modality for Seasonal Affective Disorder." Presented at the Society for Neuronal Regulation.

Berg, K, Mueller, H., Siebael, D., Siever, D. (1999). "Outcome of Medical Methods, Audio-Visual Entrainment, and Nutritional Supplementation for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome." Presented at the Society for Neuronal Regulation.

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Boersma, F., Gagnon, C. (1992). "The Use of Repetitive Audiovisual Entrainment in the Management of Chronic Pain." Medical Hypnosis Journal, Vol 7, No3: 80-97

Boynton, T. (2001). "Applied research using alpha/theta training for enhancing creativity and well-being." Journal of Neurotherapy, 5(1-2), 5-18.

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Budzynski, T., Ph.D. "Clinical Guide to Light and Sound"

Budzynski, T., Ph.D. (1995) "Barebones 14 Hz EEG training for migraine." Presented at the FUTUREHEALTH EEG conference

Budzynski, Thomas H. (2009) “Introduction to quantitative EEG and neurofeedback: Advanced theory and applications.” Academic Press.

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Cramond, Bonnie. "Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Creativity - What's the Connection?" The Journal of Creative Behaviour, Vol 28, Number 3, Third Quarter 1994

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Du Plessis, Alten. (2010) "Combining Brainwave Entrainment, Mind Programming Techniques and Tracking Technologies to Help Individualize and Optimize the Soft Skills Development of University Students." World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education. Vol. 2010. No. 1.

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