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Thursday, January 13, 2011

 

Beta Waves Another post from Mental Lion

Mental Lion has written a knol on google about brainwaves that I wanted to share. Yesterday's post was about alpha waves so today is about beta waves. The entrainment techniques mentioned involve only sound, where as at Mind Alive we've noted that while effective the combination of sounds and lights flashing at discrete frequencies has a much higher impact on entrainment.

 

Beta brainwave stimulation: advantages and disadvantages


Beta brainwaves describe the electrical activity of the brain in the frequency from 12hz to 40hz. These brainwaves occur naturally in normal waking consciousness and are considered to be the dominant brainwave pattern in healthy adults. However, beta waves are also associated with active, busy, or anxious thinking and active concentration.


Benefits of stimulating your brain with beta brainwaves


Rapid thinking

Beta waves may help people to speed their brain making them to capable of fast thinking, generating new ideas quickly, and living in a high-state mind functioning. Beta waves definitely helps to increase mental processing at work and study.

Socializing
When a person speaks, its beta brainwave naturally increases and became dominance. If you are interested in becoming more social, an increase in beta brainwaves may be beneficial. In most people, an increase in beta activity fosters conversational energy and ability to keep conversation going.

Peak-performance
Though a specific peak-performance brainwave pattern is heavily debated, beta brainwaves can certainly help in performance ability. When a person’s focus skyrockets, and their energy levels skyrocket, their performance abilities will naturally increase.

Energetic
Do you feel a lack of energy? Are you always tired and wish you had more energy? Beta brain waves could definitely help you to boost your energy. People low in beta brainwaves feel tired and report less overall energy through the day. To get out of a sleepy state and lift some mental fog, consider increasing your beta waves.

Positive thinking
in a high-beta mental state I’ve certainly noticed that I feel less depressed and constantly am able to generate positive thoughts. Positive thinking and beta waves dominance are related because the left-hemisphere is associated with rational thoughts.

Improvement of Intellectual Skills
Studies have been done and show that people higher in the beta brainwave range actually have higher I.Q.’s than the average population. It makes perfect sense, since activities like reading and solving math problems can definitely help build a smart brain.

Feeling aroused
Each time that you feel adrenaline rushing in your body or feeling of excitement in your stomach is caused by an increment in the amount of beta brainwaves. Beta waves participate when people get excited and definitely feel invigorating.

Goal oriented
When people have a beta brainwave dominance, they naturally feel more goal-oriented. It could be because of they have more energy, are more social, and have high levels of focus that cause them to naturally be more goal-oriented. It could also because of an increase in left-hemisphere brain functioning is associated with goals and goal setting. Either way, it definitely will get you more pumped up and inspired to achieve your goals.



Disadvantages of an excess of beta brainwave stimulation

An excess of beta brainwave activity can be adverse. If you have already have high levels of beta brainwaves it would not be a good idea for you to increase these brainwaves. Indeed, you may experience the horror of beta brainwaves because they can cause:

Anxiety
High beta brain waves are associated with fear, anxiety, OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and addiction. Therefore, if you are highly alert, nervous, or a hypochondriac, you have likely experienced your share of high beta brain waves and it is not advisable to stimulate your brain in these frequencies.

Stress
High beta brainwaves, usually over 18Hz, can result in feelings of: tension, anxiety, stress, and nervosity. When your brainwave levels increase over 30Hz, they may interfere with your ability to think clearly and effectively, even you will not understand your own thoughts. Though there are many good things that come with beta waves, there is also a huge possibility that they may stress you out. They are linked to increased stress, which is why it is important to learn how to shift your brainwaves when needed.

Paranoia
Paranoid schizophrenia brains is actually able to produce much more high-beta activity than those of healthy population. Are beta brainwaves the cause of schizophrenia? No, they are a side-effect and schizophrenia is a much more complex disease. Increasing beta brainwaves will not increase the likelihood of you becoming crazy, but they could make you feel more paranoid than usual.

Muscular tension
Another drawback to the beta brainwaves is that your body will feel rigid and muscle tension will increase. Nobody enjoys feeling tensed and unable to relax their muscles. Avoid high amounts of beta activity to avoid tense muscles.

High blood pressure
High levels of beta brainwaves affect the amygdala and Hypothalamus, which are involved in vasoconstriction, fear and the fight-or-flight response. Therefore, high blood pressure is a consequence of these brain dominance. If your blood pressure is already high, you should avoid this brainwave.

Unwanted thoughts
Beta brainwaves can be a source of unwanted or anxious thoughts. Too much beta activity can cause one to experience a mild form of obsessive compulsive disorder. Rapid, random thoughts that are beyond control have potential to haunt the person that is high in beta.

Insomnia
Want to stay up all night? If so, I recommend increasing your beta activity. It is probably a bad idea to do any beta geared activity right before falling asleep. Keep your brain healthy, get that sleep, and work to prevent insomnia.



Recommended Ways To Increase Beta Brain Waves


Brainwave entrainment

Brainwave entrainment is the stimulation of the brain using special sounds and music (binaural beats). It is without doubt a revolutionary technique to help you naturally increase brainwave activity in a specific range. If you want to increase your beta brainwaves, I recommend trying any of the beta sessions mentioned in the links section.

Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback is very effective at increasing beta brainwave activity for people who have ADD and ADHD. Still expensive and requires harware, but there is a very high success rate for helping ADD in neurofeedback. Consider give it a chance.

Games for train the Brain
Brain training games increment the thinking speed and naturally boost beta activity. Not all brain training games are boring. Check out the games from Luminosity.com.

Homework
Doing math problems and solving short tests is a powerful, natural way to increase your beta activity.

Book reading
Reading is a left-hemisphere oriented activity that everyone should do. Not only may you actually learn something, you will get smarter and increase your beta waves.

Caffeine
Caffeine is a booster of energy for the brain and body. In fact, caffeine increase beta brainwaves for awhile. The caffeine effect is different for everyone, but you’ll learn that caffeine is definitely a beta brainwave propeller.



Not Recommended Ways To Increase Beta Brain Waves


Cocaine

In fact, cocaine does increase beta activity in the brain, causing adrenaline precipitations, rapid heartbeat, and positive thinking. However, drugs are just plain unhealthy, addicting, and life threatening. Stay away from this temptations and increase your beta waves naturally.

Pills for diet
Many diet pills contain dangerous drugs such as amphetamines, ephedrine and caffeine and they are powerful stimulants of the body. Non obstante, they have many side effects such as the increase of heart beats and blood pressure.

Energy drinks
Energy drinks, such a redbull, they give you a shocking amount of energy temporarily. After the energy comes, a crash occurs and your energy is completely zapped for the rest of the day. I recommend avoiding these to increase your beta activity.

Tobacco
The nicotine found in cigarettes is a beta brainwave booster. But exists the risk of cancer.



Conclusions about beta brainwave stimulation


Beta brainwave stimulation can be beneficial for people that feel tired, unmotivated and lack of energy. It would be useful also for those people that need extra power to accomplish extra workload or overtime. However, if you already are an energetic person or you are a stressed, accelerated person it is better to avoid beta brainwave stimulation.

Comments:
Given those pros and cons, it seems to me that the cons outweighs the pros, but that's just me. I have always been fascinated with this subject but I am reluctant to give it a try. Unless of course those methods that are more natural such as with games.
 
I think brainwave entrainment will work better for now. I'd rather listen to binaural good sound music. Thanks for these various ways.
 

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Incorporated in 1981, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Mind Alive Inc specializes in brain technology. Our flagship technology is audio-visual entrainment (AVE), and we manufacture the DAVID brand devices. Other products include the Oasis line of cranio-electro stimulators (CES) and transcranial DC Stimulators (tDCS). Mind Alive is the leader in all of these technologies and has patents for both AVE and CES.

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