BSR’s Core Brain Stimulation Technique Beats Ritalin for Focus

As you may have already discovered on this site, the rhythm tracks on Brain Shift Radio are derived from Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI) techniques. REI is a therapeutic approach I developed at the Strong Institute after spending decades researching and distilling ancient rhythm techniques used around the world.

REI utilizes complex rhythmic patterns. Generally performed on percussion instruments and always custom-made for each client, the specific brain stimulation provided by REI is particularly successful in improving sustained attention. The theory is that novel stimulus can have an activating effect on the brain, much like stimulant medication.

At the Strong Institute we have been exploring how REI works for focus and how it compares to stimulant medication. In a recent study, REI provided significantly better results than Ritalin for an adult with ADD. Here is an excerpt (you can read the entire case study here):

William was diagnosed with ADD as an adult. Though the effects of his prescribed Ritalin were noticeable, they were less than ideal. He quickly went from 10mg to 20mg per day, but still wasn’t performing as well as he’d like. In searching out an alternative solution to the medication, he chose to use a custom-made recording of Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI) music.

When he began REI, he immediately noticed his ability to focus improved while the recording played. Even on days he deliberately skipped taking his Ritalin dose, his focus improved with REI. Skeptical of the effects of REI compared to his various doses of Ritalin, his psychiatrist suggested that he be evaluated by the T.O.V.A. (Test of Variables of Attention) to determine what effects REI may have on his performance…

…REI clearly offered the greatest benefits of the three trials. William’s T.O.V.A. performance on the first half of the REI trail was within the normal range and his performance on the second half was just shy of normal. Based on past experience with adults in his age range, this suggests that William requires a higher level of stimulation on the latter portion of his REI recording. This would bring his entire performance into the normal range.

These results are certainly exciting. Based on the effects we’re seeing on Brain Shift Radio, we are confident that we can provide significant impact on attention using the tracks already on BSR (many of which are more stimulating than the rhythms used for this study).

Click here to learn more about REI and the Strong Institute.

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