Which Brainwave is Best for Studying

Which Brainwave is Best for Studying

So, which brainwave is best for studying?

brain waves for studyingStudies 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. All brainwave entrainment audios will be providing a specific type of stimulation to the brain that increases its growth of new neural pathways, and improves the communication between the right and left hemispheres.

On the site we offer an Audio Bundle package called the Effortless Overachiever that is geared directly towards increasing one’s cognitive function, their IQ, and the brain’s ability to remember and absorb information, and put itself in a state of peak performance. This bundle includes audios that are directly geared towards increasing intelligence and cognitive function, and also has one of my very favorite audios ever created-called In the Zone – that is absolutely perfect for listening to while studying. If you are seriously interested in using the power of brainwave entrainment to improve intelligence and IQ, or to help you in academic endeavors, THIS is the product I would point you to.

If you are not interested in a bundle, you can also purchase our “Sharpen Mind”, “In the Zone”, and “Mental Flexibility” audios individually here.

For more specific information on brainwave entrainment technology, and the detailed benefits of visiting the various brainwave states, click here.


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    hello i have a question do you listen to alpha or theta during the studying ? or before your start to study? like for example should i read my books and listen at the same time or should i not read anything just listen for 30 minutes then when i am done i start studiying ?

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      Hey there!

      My recommendation would be to listen to alpha, while studying/reading. Theta, especially if you are not experienced with it, may be likely to distract you or make you want to fall asleep. Theta would, however probably be a great thing to listen to immediately after studying/reading as a means to help the brain process and retain the information it was just given.

      I have also recently read that listening to certain beta frequencies (regularly in your spare time, rather than while you’re actually studying) can also help boost academic performance.

      Happy experimenting!

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    In something I read from another article, they indicated that the alpha brainwaves are not particularly active when the eyes are open.
    So I’m wondering,. if that is true, then how can alpha waves be the best brainwaves to activate while studying?

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      Ashton Brainwavelove

      Hi Glenn,

      It is true that alpha waves are not naturally active when the eyes are open. Without the use of brainwave entrainment to stimulate the brain to produce alpha waves, they usually only occur if one is deeply relaxed, or if one has closed eyes, or in the period of time right after you have woken up from being asleep through the night. But this changes when you are listening to a brainwave entrainment audio, and it is directly influencing the brain to produce this frequency of brainwaves in a much more powerful way than the brain can do so naturally.


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