Auditory Beat Stimulation and its Effects on Cognition and Mood States
ABSTRACT: Auditory beat stimulation may be a promising new tool for the manipulation of cognitive processes and the modulation of mood states. Here, we aim to review the literature examining the most current applications of auditory beat stimulation and its targets. We give a brief overview of research on auditory steady-state responses and its relationship to auditory beat stimulation (ABS). We have summarized relevant studies investigating the neurophysiological changes related to ABS and how they impact upon the design of appropriate stimulation protocols. Focusing on binaural-beat stimulation, we then discuss the role of monaural- and binaural-beat frequencies in cognition and mood states, in addition to their efficacy in targeting disease symptoms. We aim to highlight important points concerning stimulation parameters and try to address why there are often contradictory findings with regard to the outcomes of ABS.
PERSONAL INSIGHTS: AUDITORY STIMULATION IN ACTIVATION PROCESS
In realizing that maximal external stimulation would increase the amount of information being sent to my cortex I realized that if I wanted to take myself to a higher vibrational frequency expression I would need to use music or sound that was stimulating in nature. There was one particular artist that came into mind immediately, for me was Kitaro. I was first introduced to Kitaro through a friend I have known since high school. He gifted me one of the 2 discs from Kitaros Silk Road album. At first I honestly did not really care for it much but for some reason I decided to play the disc on repeat as I slept. What happened next was the most powerful experience I have had (and I have had many in relation to music before and since!). The first night I played Kitaros music I woke in the morning in the following fashion… My eyes shot open and I simultaneously took in a deep, brisk breath and felt an amazing intense energy coursing through my body…