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Achieve multiple levels of focus wth thousands of tracks to choose from.
“Certainly, the site’s interface and presentation are impeccable. Ambient and rhythmic tracks can be remixed and swapped to the listener’s pleasure; the community is active in building mixes; and the music streams at a high-quality, through an elegantly simple player.” - Gizmodo.com
We all use music in prescriptive ways. But Brain Shift Radio takes it a few steps further: We are researched and proven. And Brain Shift Radio caters to your needs at any given moment. So, do you wish to focus? Or do you want to sleep? How about a little calm? You can let us choose the mix or you can mix your own.
Either way, Brain Shift Radio will take you where you want to go.
Brain Shift Radio is the first and only interactive, personalized streaming radio. Here, you mix the rhythmic and ambient components of auditory brain stimulation, brainwave entrainment, and rhythmic entrainment to impact your brain in very specific ways.
Register today and get free access to see if Brain Shift Radio is right for you and your brain.
“In short: you’re distracted. So you’ll head here, select “I’d like to focus” from their preset playlists, along with your desired intensity level: “laser-like.” Twenty minutes of rapid-fire drums and medieval alpha strings later, and you’ve just cleared your to-do list.” - Manero.com
Focus is our most popular category and, coupled with our Brain Boost category, represents almost half of all music listened to on Brain Shift Radio.
We began working on focus and attention in the early 1990's with several studies on Attention Deficit Disorder in both children and adults.
Brain Shift Radio is designed for immediate episodic results. It is simple to use and exceptionally inexpensive. And because BSR customizes the stimulation based on your needs and feedback, we can offer some great focusing effects, regardless of how well you focus to begin with.
To obtain results for improving your focus simply create an account, choose the Focus category, and answer the intensity question.
Two recent independent third-party studies examined the core techniques used for BSR music, Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI), to increase focused attention. One study compared BSR music to the AD/HD stimulant medication, Ritalin, using a Continuous Performance Test (the T.O.V.A.) for an adult with Attention Deficit Disorder while the other study used a blinded placebo-controlled format for elementary-age children in a classroom setting.
This study compared BSR's music to two different doses of the ADD stimulant medication, Ritalin (10mg and 20mg). Using quantitative measures of scores from the Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.), four conditions were examined: Baseline (no meds or music), 10mg of Ritalin taken 90 minutes before the test, 20mg of Ritalin taken 90 minutes before the test, and while listening to REI music rhythms. .
The subject's baseline score was -12.74, putting him squarely in the AD/HD camp (anything below a score of 0.00 suggests attention problems).
His score with 10mg of Ritalin was a slightly improved -6.60 while his 20mg Ritalin score showed a significant improvement with a score of -3.47. His score when listening to the REI focusing music, the same tracks you will find in the Focus category of Brain Shift Radio, were a near normal score of -1.87. This improvement was nearly 50% greater than the better of the Ritalin scores.
These results suggest that REI offers a strong alternative to Ritalin (and other stimulant medications used for ADD).
The advantages of BSR music include an absence of side-effects, individual customization to achieve the optimal stimulation level for each person, and improved sustained attention.
This study examined 100 elementary-aged children in a double-blind, placebo-controlled format. Students performed four separate CPTs (Continuous Performance Tests), consisting of two tests with no music and two tests with either a placebo music recording or REI music tracks. Children were randomly assigned to the placebo or REI test group.
The results showed a significant improvement in attention for those who listened to the REI recording over both the silence and placebo conditions. The silence group produced an average score of 23, the placebo group scored at 31, and the REI Rhythm group scored an average of 68.
These results have been encouraging enough that Brain Shift Radio has invested tremendous time and energy developing a next-level study to further explore the efficacy of REI rhythms and the delivery of BSR music.
"...THANK YOU for the Brain Shift Radio. It’s absolutely FABULOUS. I listen to your music while I’m working on the computer. It is helping me remain calm, focused, and creative. I LOVE IT !!!!!!!!! "
With our Continuous Performance Test we are moving music research forward by conducting the largest study ever done on music for focusing.
Our attention tests were built using standardized, quantitative testing methods on an expanding platform which will allow us to collect and analyze limitless data with a goal of using this data to not only determine whether music can improve focused attention but also which techniques offer the most significant results for each population group.
Since we launched the BSR CPT initiative thousand of people have taken the test. The results we've seen are 3.6 times better than the most popular study on music for cognition. You can learn more here
The number of people who have taken our test is hundreds of times more than this study.
For As an overview, the average error-rate reduction was 36.73% with improvements falling fairly consistently across the three error types. These are significant numbers and suggests that listening to Brain Shift Radio when you need to focus may help you sustain your attention.
We saw reductions in all three error rates – detection, commission and omission – with the BSR music (stimulated) condition compared to the silence (control) condition.
Detection errors (Detect): The silence (control) condition error rate was 12.42. The BSR music (stimulated) condition showed an error rate of 8.69. This is a 3.73 or 30.0% reduction of errors.
Commission errors (Comm): The silence (control) condition error rate was .73. The BSR music (stimulated) condition showed an error rate of .39. This is a .34 or 46.5% reduction of errors.
Omission errors: The silence (control) condition error rate was 11.58. The BSR music (stimulated) condition showed an error rate of 7.67. This is a 3.91 or 33.7% reduction of errors.
Fastest click: For the silence (control) condition the fastest click speed was 383 ms. The BSR music (stimulated) condition showed an average click speed of 355 ms (milliseconds). This is a 28 ms or 7.3% slower click-time.
Slowest click: For the silence (control) condition the slowest click speed was 968 ms. The BSR music (stimulated) condition showed an average click speed of 932 ms. This is a 36ms or 3.7% faster click-time.
Average click: Of the three click speeds the average offers us the best data. For the silence (control) condition the average click speed was 608 ms. The BSR music (stimulated) condition showed an average click speed of 579 ms. This is a 31 ms or 5.1% faster click-time.
Carrying on our tradition of conducting cutting-edge music research and optimizing algorithms for personalized track selection, we have integrated a series of Continuous Performance Tests (CPTs) to quantitatively assess your focusing abilities with and without Brain Shift Radio music playing.
These tests not only let you see for yourself whether BSR improves your focus, but also allow us to use this data to enhance your BSR experience.
We will choose the best focusing music for you based on your test data and we will track your improvement in focusing over time, allowing us to further adjust your music to provide you with even more positive improvement the more you use Brain Shift Radio.
Aside from using our CPT data to increase user focus, these tests also encourage engagement, an important component in achieving sustained use and improved gains.
"Thank you for the awesome radio! Been listening to focus music all day today!"
Since our first clinical study in 1994, we have focused on how to reduce anxiety and induce calm. For ten years our research examined children and adults on the autism spectrum. This population proved to be an excellent anxiety-based arena for two reasons:
1. People with autism often have a lot of anxiety. And anxiety can rule much of their behavior. A child may tantrum when asked to enter a noisy, stimulating environment like a restaurant or shopping mall (or school lunchroom) or an adult may react aggressively when sharing mealtime with others.
Observing anxiety in people with autism is easy and noticing changes, however small, becomes simple. The cessation of crying in a tantrumming child or halting of aggressive behavior in an over-stimulated adult is an obvious measure of a reduction in anxiety.
2. Because autism is characterized by an inability to socially engage in an appropriate manner or an inability to communicate wants or needs, many people with autism have little to no awareness that some music (or other intervention) is going to be calming. And if they have such awareness, many have no idea how to self-regulate to calm on command.
This effectively removes the placebo effect. And because we are not using self-observed changes in anxiety, but instead use behavioral measures, we further remove any effects of the participants' expectation from the studies. Either a tantrum stopped or it didn't.
Our first study was conducted in a public school setting with children between 6 and 12 years old. In this study we tracked immediate anxiety reducing effects as well as long-term changes in anxiety levels. In other words, we wanted to see if listening to REI Rhythms would reduce anxiety as it happened (ending a tantrum, for example) and whether any residual calming effect would result in changes of overall behavior. Immediate calming effects were significant. Nearly all the participants were calmed most of the time. The average frequency of time calmed by the recordings was 86.4%.
As far as overall changes in anxiety levels, we also saw significant changes as an average based on the pre and post tests. In the pre-test, average anxiety was listed at 82 on a 100 point scale. Anxiety on average after the study was reduced to 38 on a 100 point scale. This represents a significant reduction in anxiety over this 8-week period when the REI Rhythms were played quietly in the background.
Follow-up studies with autism as well as other conditions such as Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders, and Sleep Disorders, showed similar reductions in anxiety while listening to REI music.
For example, a study conducted in a residential facility for adults with severe autism showed significant changes in anxiety levels both facility-wide and in individual behavior.
One resident was extremely aggressive before the study began, often injuring other residents or the staff. Before the study, incidents were reported several times per week. Within two weeks of beginning using the REI recording, his aggressive outbursts virtually stopped. And they remained rare for the entire study period and extended follow-up of 6 months.
In another recent study, children within a public school showed significant reduction in anxiety-based behaviors while listening to REI rhythms. This study followed 10 students and showed reductions in behaviors in the following areas:
• Generalized anxiety
• Emotional outbursts
• Aggressive behaviors
• Self-stimulatory behaviors
• Sound sensitivity
As the study states: Anxiety reduction can take many forms, especially with the large variation of symptomatic behaviors and characteristics present in children on the autism spectrum.
Everyone's stress and anxiety are different. Some people just need a way to slow down to relieve the stress of the day while others might experience a deeper-seated anxiety. BSR's music-selection algorithms coupled with our extensive research means that you get the right level of anxiety or stress-reducing music for your needs.
Simply select the Calm category upon logging into Brain Shift Radio and choose the intensity level for your stress-reducing needs. We'll choose the music for you. Then as you give us feedback about your experiences with our choices, we'll refine the mixes to offer better results over time.
“While I was playing [Brain Shift Radio] my son laid down and closed his eyes...
I've never seen anything like it. He never has been this calm in his life."
Mother of 5 y/o son with autism
“Love the Brain Shift Radio!!! It’s absolutely wonderful. Sucks the anxiety right out of you!!!”
“Wow! I’m logged in. This is awesome! Just the feature of mixing tracks is awesome in itself. That almost makes it seems like a synth, or a cool app where you actually manipulate the song. It totally works. I’m excited to create some new ‘focus’ tracks to use while I work.”
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