Creative visualization and stimulation of brainwave activity are among the most studied areas of psychiatry and psychology. The following results have been demonstrated through documented studies and in clinical settings with hundreds of thousands of clients:
- The right and left hemispheres of the brain become more balanced.
- Blood flow to the brain increases, resulting in clearer thinking, better concentration, improved memory, and enhanced creativity.
- Serotonin levels increase by up to 21%, which calms the mind and body and creates an overall sense of wellbeing.
- Endorphin levels increase by up to 25%. These are the hormones that flow through the body when we feel happy. Endorphins provide the brain with alertness, are a natural anti-depressant, provide relief from pain, and create pleasurable and loving feelings.
*For additional research information, please refer to the research section on the website or in the back of the BrainTap Technologies catalog.
The majority of BrainTap users report significant stress relief through deep relaxation, better and sounder sleep, improved memory, improved learning skills such as concentration and recall of information, emotional stability, a sense of calm, increased focus, lucid dreaming, and increased physical energy. We are always researching these benefits with our users and partners in the field.
Please be aware that while MindFit and Self-Mastery Technology are designed to help you reach your full potential, we cannot guarantee which results you will experience as results vary from person to person.
IS IT SAFE?
Absolutely. The only known side effects are improved memory, great sleep, focus, concentration, and reduced stress. However, flashing lights have been known to cause problems in people who suffer from serious medical conditions like epilepsy, seizure disorders, brain injury, or photosensitivity. If you have any of these concerns, you should ask your medical professional if light and sound technology is right for you.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM BRAINTAP TECHNOLOGY?
Anyone who is not sensitive to flashing light can benefit from BrainTap technology. The BrainTap Headset, used in combination with the guided visualization audio-sessions creates a potent tool for creating laser-like focus and enhanced performance.
The light intensity on the BrainTap Headset is adjustable, so those who have minor light sensitivity can almost always find a setting that’s right for them. Those diagnosed with light sensitivity seizures should not use the flashing lights in the visor, but can experience the profound benefits of the guided visualization, auriculotherapy and relaxing tones.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A BRAINTAP SESSION?
With the BrainTap Headset visor over your closed eyes and headphones over your ears, you are immersed in a perfect mixture of light and sound frequencies. Your eyes will be treated to a beautiful light show while you listen to specially designed music and the guided BrainTap Technology process. This all combines to enhance your experience and invite a higher degree of alpha/theta brainwave activity.
Some people may experience colorful geometric patterns while others may lose track of the lights completely. The light and sound pulse rate shifts from wide-awake beta to a dreamy drowsy state of theta as the session progresses. Using the science of frequency following response (FFR), your brainwave activity will follow the pulse rate of the Neuro-Sensory Algorithms. At the same time, your mind rehearses the changes or improvements you desire for your life.
WHAT IS FREQUENCY FOLLOWING RESPONSE?
Frequency following response (FFR) is the effect created through synchronized light and sound. It’s how the brain “syncs” to the strobe lights, beats and tones. While your brain follows the frequencies, you experience less inner chatter and improved concentration. After a few weeks of regular use, most people gain a sense of balance and inner calm. Users report feeling serene, focused, and alert even when faced with high-pressure situations.
WHAT ARE BINAURAL BEATS?
These are embedded tones that the brain naturally follows into states of deep relaxation. Within minutes your brain reaches extraordinary levels of performance that would otherwise take years of practice to achieve. Binaural beats work by tricking the brain into hearing a phantom frequency that isn’t really there. For example, if we play a 220 Hz carrier tone into the left ear and a 226.5 Hz carrier tone into the right ear, your brain perceives the difference between the two, which is a subtle beat frequency of 6.5 Hz, the same frequency associated with deep, meditative states. Your brain naturally follows this frequency and you experience this deeply relaxed state. Binaural beats are a proven self-development tool that’s been researched for decades.
WHAT ARE ISOCHRONIC TONES?
This is the newest brainwave entrainment technology. Isochronic tones are manually created, equal intensity pulses of sound separated by an interval of silence. They turn on and off rapidly, but the speed depends on the desired brain frequency. The discrete nature of isochronic tones makes them particularly easy for the brain to follow.
WHY ARE THERE LIGHTS IN THE EARPHONES?
The lights in the ears are set to the optimum frequency for creating a delightful feeling of serenity and balance. The earphone lights work by stimulating the ear meridians with gentle frequency pulses—so gentle that they are not visible to the human eye—to soothe, harmonize, calm and balance you.
HOW IMPORTANT IS THE MUSIC AND SOUND?
The best brainwave entrainment is auditory as well as visual. Environmental sounds and music have been used for centuries in almost all cultures to create an altered state of consciousness. For example, native tribes used drums, chants, and environmental sounds like wind and rain to provide strong mental pictures and associations. There is a reason we find it relaxing to sit by the ocean and listen to waves crashing to shore or the sound of a stream as it trickles over rocks. These pleasant sounds tend to naturally generate alpha brainwave activity.
In today’s frenetic culture, though, we rarely get to enjoy nature’s relaxing effects. For this reason, Dr. Porter has personally encoded each session so that on a daily basis you can get a perfectly synchronized experience similar to that which nature provides. Plus, because the program is encoded into the digital audio file, you can use the BrainTap headset with any of today’s high quality music players, such as the iPod or iPad, to ensure the best possible sound quality.
The music you hear on every BrainTap Technology process was composed specifically to complement the alpha/theta brainwave entrainment. The music is designed to create a full 360-degree experience that floods your mind with beautiful images and peaceful thoughts.
WHY ARE THE LIGHTS LED INSTEAD OF INCANDESCENT?
Light emitting diodes, also called LEDs, are solid-state devices that convert small amounts of safe electrical energy into light. They can be switched on and off much faster than incandescent lights, producing the crisp strobe-like pulses most effective at inducing the frequency following response needed to guide the user through the brainwave states. For BrainTap, blue LEDs were chosen for their pure, cool, calming color. Our operational research showed that users preferred the blue effect through closed eyes more than any other LEDs available. It is important to note that a person who is prone to seizures should not use the light portion of the BrainTap headset system.
ARE THE GUIDED VISUALIZATION SESSIONS EFFECTIVE WITHOUT THE BRAINTAP HEADSET?
Visualization and guided imagery techniques have been around for decades. These are scientifically proven modalities for behavior modification, stress relief and self-improvement. Now they are made even more effective with the added benefit of brainwave entrainment through BrainTap Technology. While there is a wide assortment of relaxation training systems, such as autogenic (self-produced) training, progressive relaxation, meditation, and biofeedback to name a few, most of these take conscious effort. With the breakthrough of the BrainTap headset, you don’t have to “believe in” or “do” anything. You are immersed in the experience and don’t have to create it.
WHY ARE THERE SOMETIMES TWO VOICES ON THE BRAINTAP AUDIO SESSIONS?
When you hear a second voice coming through one side the headphone and then other, it’s not a mistake! This is a technique called “Dual Voice Processing.” Dr. Porter intentionally recorded the sessions in this way to provide your brain a full holographic experience. The second voice moving from right to left and back again is there to stimulate right and left hemisphere balance. It may seem a little disconcerting at first, but don’t worry, your brain will adapt quickly. The good news is, you don’t have to consciously listen to any of the voices, so just relax and let it happen. The sessions that have Dual Voice Processing are marked “DV” and those that don’t will be marked “SV” for single voice.