Here are user stats for last month:
- 44% focus
- 16% brain boost
- 15% sleep
- 9% calm
- 7% energy
- 5% meditate
- 3% uplift
As the months have gone by, the focus category is getting more popular. In fact, focus and brain boost (which contains many tracks with a focusing component) now represent well over half of all radio plays.
These percentages are reflective of the composition of the mixes being shared by the community. The interesting thing is that fewer than 1% of active users are sharing mixes. This could be seen as a good thing as users are happy with the system-generated mixes.
Personally, I tend to use Auto mode most of the time, too. It’s nice to set it and forget it.
We have, however, received some comments that using the Auto mode only loads up 1 hour of mixes and some people, especially those working, want longer uninterrupted music time. There are several ways to make this happen.
Here is an article that covers this: Adding More Than an Hour of Music at a Time
Here is a nice article about Brain Shift Radio and its growing use at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Interestingly, I spoke at a couple of ISMM (International Society for Music in Medicine) Symposiums at this campus in the 1990′s (1994 and 1996). They had a great music and the brain research program at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center.
One study in particular, conducted by Lawrence Parsons (now a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield in the UK) looked at the components of music and their effects on spatial reasoning as a follow-up to the controversial UC Irvine study suggesting that listening to Mozart increased intelligence (dubbed the Mozart Effect).
Parson’s study showed that the component of music seemingly responsible for this jump in spacial reasoning was rhythm. Melody and tone showed no impact on spatial skills.
This correlated with our own discoveries on the power of rhythm over brain activity and form part of the basis and foundation for the music we have on Brain Shift Radio.
Anyway, here is the article from the University of Texas paper:
The Paisano: UTSA paper (www.paisano-online.com): 01/29/13
Taking performance-enhancing drugs can come at a high price. Prescription medication can cause side effects. These include increased heart rates, insomnia and marked irritability.
In the wake of the increasing demand for energy and mental clarity among college students, an innovative and cutting edge method of therapy has been developed free of any side effects.
Brain Shift Radio, an Internet site that allows users to manipulate different beats according to their desired mental state, has increased in popularity as a way to increase mental performance.