So, which brainwave is best for studying?
Studies have shown that listening to brainwave entrainment will statistically increase one’s IQ and improve academic test scores, but which particular brainwave state is most conducive to studying?
Opinions on this subject can vary, but most are in agreement that Alpha waves are the most conducive to learning. The Alpha state (about 8-10Hz) occurs when brain activity slows just below the normal waking state of Beta (11-25hz). In Alpha, the mind and body are relaxed but a level of focus is easily maintained. While in this deeper brainwave state, information can be processed consciously without as much “mental activity” to interfere with it. There is also a greater link between the conscious and subconscious mind in Alpha, meaning that while one is consciously learning, their brain is also unconsciously processing what one is learning. Modern brain science has shown that only 1 of 6 of our brain’s processing methods happen on the conscious level, so there is certainly a benefit in engaging the deeper parts of the brain, while taking in information.
Though Alpha has been mostly agreed upon as the best state for learning, many would assert that Theta is the best state for memorization and creativity. In the Theta state the brain activity has slowed below Alpha (at approximately 5-8 Hz) and an even greater connection occurs between the conscious and unconscious mind. It is here that intuition and spontaneity happen, and creative problem solving can be well-utilized. The Theta state is often suspected to be the resource of great artists and thinkers. In the Theta state emotions are also better processed and used in a creative and integrated manner.
There is also great value in producing Gamma waves, as these, more than the other brainwaves, have been directly linked to increased IQ, enhanced cognitive function, and improved memory.
So in answer to the question: “Which brainwave is best for studying?” I would say that it depends on what you are studying. If you are needing to memorize a lot of information, like facts, history, formulas, etc. to pass a test, Theta may be your best bet. If you are actually needing to learn something new, I would recommend Alpha, as the relaxed yet focused mental state will make it much easier to stay interested and process clearly.
It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to listen to some Gamma brainwave entrainment audios on a semi-regular basis when one is not actually studying to help boost IQ and cognitive functioning. Regardless of which brainwave state you are visiting, I am sure you will receive positive results from any high quality audio.
As far as a recommendation for a product, I would point you in the direction of the Super Mind Academy if you are looking to improve your ability to study, learn, or achieve academically. The majority of the training is centered around increasing “brain power” and IQ, and there are several brainwave entrainment audios that are specifically tailored to improving mental sharpness, creativity, concentration, etc. For more information on the Super Mind Academy, you can also read my review here.