Transparent is a software company. We mainly provide "brainwave entrainment" software (you can read more about what brainwave entrainment means below).
As a company, we have two main goals:
- Our first and primary goal is to provide software that helps people. The initial product we created was the Neuro-Programmer 1 and its goal was to use brainwave entrainment and an array of psychological techniques for self-improvement. Though we should say that our approach to “self-improvement” is worlds different from what you’ve probably seen under that label before - over-hyped products that claim to fix your entire life in one second, but have no solid foundation. Our goal is to draw from what really works, as verified by extensive research and feedback from real people using our products - and bring you those tools so that you can take control of your own mind and make actual progress on your goals.
- The second goal of our company is to provide tools for therapists and researchers. We hired a neuroscientist and continue to work with leading scientists in the field. We even funded the most comprehensive meta-study yet done in this industry. Based on this research and feedback from scientists, our Mind WorkStation product was created. Our hope is that the flexibility of the product will encourage even more brainwave entrainment research in the future.
Now that you know a little about what we do, scroll down to find out what brainwave entrainment is and how you might benefit from it.
In basic terms, brainwave entrainment refers to changing the brain's activity using light or sound patterns.
The story of brainwave entrainment starts with understanding what brainwaves are. Your brain is made up of billions of brain cells called neurons, which use electricity to communicate with each other. The combination of millions of neurons sending signals at once produces an enormous amount of electrical activity in the brain, which can be detected using sensitive medical equipment (such as an EEG), measuring electricity levels over areas of the scalp.
The combination of electrical activity of the brain is commonly called a brainwave pattern, because of its cyclic, "wave-like" nature.
With the discovery of brainwaves came the discovery that electrical activity in the brain will change depending on what the person is doing. For instance, the brainwaves of a sleeping person are vastly different than the brainwaves of someone wide awake. You can actually tell a lot about a person simply by observing their brainwave patterns. For example, anxious people tend to produce an overabundance of high beta waves while people with ADD/ADHD tend to produce an overabundance of slower alpha/theta brainwaves.
Now that you know a bit about brainwaves, let's get back to what brainwave entrainment is.
Researchers have found that not only are brainwaves representative of of mental state, but they can be stimulated to change a person's mental state, and this in turn can help with a variety of mental issues.
This is where brainwave entrainment comes in. When you are given a stimulus, through the ears, eyes or other senses, the brain emits an electrical charge in response. When the brain is presented with a rhythmic stimulus, such as a drum beat for example, the rhythm is reproduced in the brain in the form of these electrical impulses. If the rhythm becomes fast and consistent enough, it can start to resemble the natural internal rhythms of the brain, called brainwaves. When this happens, the brain responds by synchronizing its own electric cycles to the same rhythm. This is brainwave entrainment.
This effect can be useful because brainwaves are very much related to mental state. For example, a 4 Hz brainwave is associated with sleep. So a 4 Hz sound pattern would help reproduce the sleep state in your brain. The same concept can be applied to many other mental states, including concentration, relaxation and meditation.
View the below links for further information:
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.
Brainwave entrainment is often used to help people either relax or focus, but there are many other uses as well.
People interested in meditation or stress relief will find this technology to be an extremely valuable tool. It will not only help you reach deeper levels of relaxation, but will also help train you to enter those levels by yourself.
Brainwave entrainment is very useful for enhancing cognition and focus. In fact that is one of the most well-researched uses of the technology. Thousands of students use our products every day to help with their studies. It is also a favorite tool among programmers and day traders.
But the effects of brainwave entrainment can also be useful for other purposes. For example, the technology can be used to guide the brain down to a very receptive, absorbent state where psychological techniques such as hypnosis can be of much greater effect. Additionally, mental imagery is significantly enhanced in these states, so visualization techniques are more easily performed while using our software.
The combination of brainwave entrainment and psychological techniques is the foundation of our programs, and it is the reason we have been able to help so many people over the years.
Additionally, this technology has been studied and been found promising for a variety of mental and physical conditions. Check out the research and further reading section.
The best way to get started is to jump in by downloading a trial version of our software. The trial is completely free (we don't even ask for your credit card). And you can use it for a full two weeks. This allows you to see for yourself if this software is right for you.
The program we recommend for beginners is the Neuro-Programmer. Learn more about it here
Also be sure to check out the Tutorials section for help getting up and running quickly.
And here are some guides:
The Beginner’s Guide to qEEG and EEG
The Beginner’s Guide to Binaural Beats
How to Use Binaural Beats for Improved Sleep
How to Use Binaural Beats as a Study Aid
How to Use Binaural Beats for Deep Meditation