Studies related to Memory and Binaural Beats

Binaural Auditory Beats Affect Long-term Memory

Effect Increase
Trial Design Randomized trial
Trial Length n/a
Number of Subjects 32
Sex Both Genders
Age Range 13-17, 18-29, 30-44, 45-64
Body Types Average
Notes for this study:
In a two-armed crossover study of 32 people, participants received white noise preceding or following binaural beats 15 minutes prior to a memory task, and two minutes during. Half of the participants received theta beats and half received beta beats. Interestingly, the participants who listened to beta beats saw improvd free recall and word recognition, whereas those who listened to theta beats actually did worse. The researchers suggest that this may be because theta waves are associated with “states incompatible with the encoding of information” such as relaxation, decreased anxiety and activation, and increased hypnotic susceptibility.

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