The Clinical Foundations of Brain Shift Radio

Brain Shift Radio was developed from the clinical work done at the Strong Institute.

The Strong Institute was founded in 1994 as the REI Institute by Jeff Strong and Beth Kaplan after more than a decade of Jeff's initial research into the traditional uses and techniques of musical therapeutic rhythm around the world, spanning traditions from Africa to North America, South America to Europe.

Dissatisfied with many of the traditional cultural aspects of these ancient rhythm techniques, Jeff decided it was time to examine the core mechanisms of rhythmic stimulus techniques in a controlled setting in order to eliminate any placebo effect and to better understand the mechanisms involved in using rhythm to stimulate and synchronize the nervous system.

Our first study, entitled "Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention as Applied to Childhood Autism: A Pilot Study" was conducted in a public school setting in the suburbs of St. Paul, MN in the spring of 1994. Sixteen elementary-age children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder participated in this study. The results were encouraging and resulted in the presentation of this paper at several professional health-care conferences throughout North America.

This study and the professional community's enthusiastic response to it led to numerous other research projects with individuals with neurological disorders including individuals with autism, attention deficit disorder, Tourette's Syndrome, chronic pain, learning disabilities, and central auditory processing disorder.

Research on Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention has been conducted by numerous other institutions including the University of Kansas Medical Center, Oregon Health Sciences University, and the Center for the Study of Autism, to name a few. To date, these studies have resulted in papers that have been presented at nearly thirty professional health-care conferences.

From this research we discovered ways to use specific rhythms and techniques to facilitate improvements in many of the symptoms associated with a variety of neurological disorders such as autism, attention deficit disorder, anxiety disorders and more. We are the first organization to define the clinical application of auditory rhythm to stimulate and synchronize the brain.

Since the creation of Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention we have worked with hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world and have built a large provider network of over 1,000 healthcare professionals who offer REI to their patients. This has provided us with an extensive database of clinical experience and research that has allowed us to continually improve the quality of our REI Custom Programâ„¢ and therapeutic CDs.


Fall Asleep Fast with Brain Shift Radio Sleep is one of the universal effects of REI, the core technique used in BSR music. Here is a study paper exploring CNS arousal, REI and sleep. Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI) and Central Nervous System ...

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Brain Shift Deepens Your Meditations The following videos explore BSR rhythm techniques to help you achieve deeper, more profound meditations.This is What Your Brain Does When You Meditate or Take a Shamanic JourneyThis video shows EEG brainwave activity of a mindfulness ...

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Brain Shift Radio Increases Focused Attention Focus is our most popular category and, coupled with our Brain Boost category, repesents almost half of all music listened to on Brain Shift Radio.We began working on focus and attention in the early 1990's with ...

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We've Focused on Calm for Over 26 Years Since our first clinical study in 1994, we have focused on how to reduce anxiety and induce calm. For our first ten years our research focused extensively on children and adults on the ...

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