How You Can Use Sound And Music To Change Your Brain Waves With Laser Accuracy And Achieve Huge Focus And Performance Gains.

Most of us know that workout songs and music can help you to exercise harder.

But if you understand how sound and music actually change your brain waves, you can use this knowledge to alter your mental and physical performance states with laser accuracy.

It sounds geeky, but I'm going to explain how…

At first glance, brain waves seem a bit like “woo-woo” science, and it can be a bit intimidating and confusing to understand how they work.

But here's the basics, which will really help you when you're listening to today's interview with Dr. Jeffrey Thompson about how sound affects your brain.

Your brain is made up of billions of brain cells called neurons, and your neurons (just like the rest of your body) use electricity to communicate with each other. As you can probably imagine, these millions of neurons sending signals all at once produces an enormous amount of electrical activity in your brain, and this can actually be detected using medical equipment like an electroencephalography (EEG), which measuring electricity levels over areas of your scalp.

When you graph the electrical activity of your brain using EEG, you generate what is called a brainwave pattern, which is called a “wave” pattern because of its cyclic, wave-like nature.

And the brainwave patterns are generally categorized like this:

Brain Waves

Most of us live the majority of our lives in a state of primarily beta brain waves – aroused, alert, concentrated, but also somewhat stressed.

When we lower the brain wave frequency to alpha, we can put ourselves in an ideal condition to learn new information, perform more elaborate tasks, learn languages, analyze complex situations and even be in what sports psychologists call “The Zone”, which is a state of improved focus and performance in athletic competitions or exercise. Part of this is because being the slightly decreased electrical activity in the brain can lead to significant increases in feel-good brain chemicals like endorphins, noroepinephrine and dopamine.

So, for example, when you meditate, you are focusing on something, whether it's a candle flame or your breath going in or out, or a mantra or a prayer. When you focus like that, the electrical patterns in your brain slow down and relax, and the amplitude of your brain-waves generally stabilizes in the alpha wave range.

But it turns out that you don't need to be a trained monk or meditate for weeks on end to be able to achieve this state of alpha brain wave relaxation.

Instead, you can use a concept called “brainwave entrainment” to get the same effect.

Brainwave entrainment is any method that causes your brainwave frequencies to fall into step with a specific frequency. It's based on the concept that the human brain has a tendency to change its dominant EEG frequency towards the frequency of a dominant external stimulus (such as music, or sound).

The type of sound frequencies that are typically used in brainwave entrainment are called “binaural” beats. The way that these work is that two tones close in frequency generate a beat frequency at the difference of the frequencies.

I know this sounds complicated, but it's pretty simple to understand when you think about it. For example, a 495 Hz audio tone and 505 Hz audio tone (whether overlaid in music or in a sound frequency) will produce a 10 Hz beat, roughly in the middle of the alpha brain wave range, like this:

binaural beats


OK, so now we get to the cool, practical application of using sound and music to enhance your brain and change your brain wave frequences.

I hunted down an expert, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, from, which produces and educates on using sound for stress reduction, relaxation, sleep enhancement, mega-learning, creativity, peak performance, meditation and higher states of consciousness.

Click here for the full written transcript of this audio interview.

In this interview with Dr. Thompson, we discuss:

-How sounds and frequencies affect human physiology…

-How sound can be used to enhance health…

-How sound can be used to enhance performance…

-How ancient cultures used sound for healing and enhancing well-being…

-Whether there's a difference between music, vibrations, sounds, and other frequencies…

-Audios, CD's and other resources that you can use to enhance your brain waves…

Click here to check out Dr. Thompson's CD's, which include tracks that train you for deep sleep, enhanced mental focus, or better athletic performance.

Pretty cool stuff, eh?

By the way, if you want to geek out on this even more, you can check out audio–visual entrainment, which takes the concept of sound one step further, combines it with visual stimulation, and uses flashes of lights and pulses of tones to guide the brain into various states of brainwave activity.

There's an interesting device called the MindAlive Light Therapy Device that does this.

And there are certainly other ways that sound can affect the human body, such as by amplifying the frequency of your heart's electrical signals, but we'll save that discussion for another day, since I think today's blog post and interview was a big enough knowledge dump.

If you have questions, comments or feedback – or you own experience with brainwave entrainment – leave them below.

And be sure to check out my new Ben Recommends page, where I'm logging many of the other cutting-edge techniques I've been researching to enhance your physical and mental performance.

33 thoughts on “How You Can Use Sound And Music To Change Your Brain Waves With Laser Accuracy And Achieve Huge Focus And Performance Gains.

  1. Doug here..

    Thnks Ben for bringing Dr J Thompson to the Mic !!

    I’m 68 and joints like rt shoulder hv

    Taken beatings .. Would like to hv sound table used on my bod..

    I will go to

    May the the Lord Bless you for using

    the wisdom and giftings; writing and

    physical / bio inf o to me.

    Email: [email protected]

  2. Ben, I know this interview was 3 years old, but just stumbled across this & I was curious about the mind alive device?

    Do you have much experience with it ?

    Is it worth it?

  3. Hi there from Sydney, Aus ))
    I have been listening to BB’S for around 6 Months. I have a Q: that ha been plaguing me the whole time! How do Binaural Beats aid/target specific ailments IE, Depression, Anxiety, Love, Weight loss, DNA Regeneration & all other manner of things?
    Yours Truly ;)

  4. Having sleep issues and pain issues,due to lay offs back stocking groceries at 60 years old.Stayed on Basketball courts till I was 38,now I cant run to get out of the rain. I refuse to have any kind of knee surgery. So far have purchased recovery boots and earth pulse. Still not sleeping great after 2 months with Earth Pulse,but recovery boots are helping with the throbbing I had from knees down after work.My question -is the Mind Alive device the best option or the LFC Brain wave glasses that Nick Delgado sells.There is little info on Brain Wave glasses on net.

  5. Great podcast, very interesting topic. Do you have any reccomended readings that provide more insights and how to use brainwave therapy? I am looking for directions such as how long to use each day and also what frequencies to use for specific stimulations. Keep up the good work!

  6. I have been experiencing health problems due to long term exposure to amplified frequencies in my home. I live in a housing community in St. Croix USVI. Tenants in the next building, that is very close to mine have alot of parties and play music, watch TV and use their playstation for games. All the electronic equipment is being played through an amplified device. “When I lockdown my house, making it a confined space. I hear a low tone of a pounding rythem and not the loud music. I started to experience an erratic heart rythem that led to chest pain and my head felt like someone hit me with a 2×4. My nerves are about shot. I found out the hard way how to detect these frequecies by shutting down my house (in order to make it confined and listening for low tone pounding noise. I have 1 safe place to go in my house where I don’t get the effects from the amplified frequencies. I have had to investigate health issues in the community to find out if I was the only tenant experiencing health problem. I was horrified with the results of my findings. Can you give me any information that I may use to educate the community and the government about the exposure and long term effects of these damaging frequencies.


  8. I was thinking about buying the Earth Pulse electromagnetic pulse system, But some of the claims made on the podcast seemed too good to be true. Have you tried the Earth Pulse? If so did your recovery, and ability to heal improve?

  9. Ben, which device for sleep would you recommend more, the mind alive or the earth pulse? Would love to try one out but not sure which one is best for sleep/insomnia. Thanks for all the great information!

  10. ben< i am friends w David Turnble who is training for triathol. he gave me this link recently so i stayed up all night and morning reading your free book. i stopped using nicotine march the 7th. i weighed in at 245 pounds. i weigh 205 pounds today. i use gallon water jugs similar to milk carton style for my weights and cannot believe how well they work and how many reps i can do w them and virtually any kind of excercise. i dont have the same body. i appreciate what you share
    i wonder why i cannot get the free book anymore. went back to take hand written notes and cant find it.much information was already in my current lifestyle change but much hadnt been incorperated yet and seems very helpful. thanks again

  11. Thank you so much for yet another educational and helpful article!
    As soon as I read this, I clicked on the link for the CDs -bought Dr Thompson's awakened mind system (mp3album) and got back to work, listening to my new music :)
    Within half an hour I solved a problem I'd been looking at for days!
    Thank you Dr Thompson and Ben!!

  12. Great interview. I've experimented with binaural beats and some of Thompson's CDs and found them beneficial. I also use an iPod app that allows one to select different programs. Used one today for a post MTB, post lunch recovery nap and it was awesome.

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