Monthly Archives: April 2013

Brain Shift Radio Mobile Apps on Their Way

We get a lot of requests for mobile access to Brain Shift Radio and questions about whether we are going to offer one (or more).

YES! We are.

I got to play around with the prototype a couple of weeks ago and had a blast. At one point early in the development process we weren’t sure if we are going to be able to build something that has the full functionality of the web app – mixing of rhythm and ambient and track swapping, specifically – but our awesome team made it happen.

We are currently optimizing the code and building out the interfaces – iOs and Android. Things are moving smoothly. I expect we’ll something in public beta soon.

Keep your eye on this blog. I’ll be posting more as we get closer to launch day.

New Study: Brain Shift Radio Tracks Improve Attention in Elementary School Children

Recently a new study was published in the Netherlands exploring the core technique behind the tracks on Brain Shift Radio. In this study 100 children ages 6-13 listened to Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI) music to aid in concentration and learning. 50 Children listened to an REI recording while 50 children listened to a placebo recording.

This study showed an increase in sustained attention and performance (a decrease in mistakes) for those children listening to the REI recording compared to the children who used the placebo recording. To quote the study:

The children of the “Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention” group in general took more time, made fewer mistakes and failures which resulted in an improvement in the number of correct responses. This may be regarded as a particularly good result of the study, especially when we look at the fact that the test administration took place in the last weeks of the school year…

The type of REI recording used in this study mirrors many of the tracks in the lower intensity levels of the Focus category on Brain Shift Radio. These would be tracks in f1 and f2 with tempos at 8 beats per second.

Since this study began, we released Brain Shift Radio and have, through subsequent research and parsing extensive user data from BSR, determined that faster tempo rhythms provide an even better result for sustained attention than those at 8 beats per second.

So, if you want the best possible focusing effects with BSR for working on a specific project, I recommend choosing Focusing tracks at the f3 and f4 level. You may also answer the Focus question (the second window in Auto mode) as either “I need help getting started on a project” or “I’m on a deadline and need to get something done”.

This study is yet another study done on REI, the core technique used for the Brain Shift Radio tracks, showing improved attention. The results of this study mirror the results seen in another Dutch study showing that attention and performance increased when listening to an REI recording. In that study, the REI results showed twice the improvements of 20 MG of Ritalin on a normalized Continuous Performance Test (CPT). You read a blog post about that study here.

We are excited by these results and grateful to researcher Wim Oostra for his hard work designing and conducting this study and following-through on getting the final paper published. You can read an English translation of the study paper here.

Note: Wim undertook this study on his own volition. Neither the Strong Institute nor Brain Shift Radio had a hand in the design or implementation of the study. We did, however, provide the research staff with the REI recordings.