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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  1. 1

    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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      Ashton Brainwavelove

      Hi there!

      I wouldn’t say that there is a time that is best, other than whatever time works best for you. I prefer to listen to any audio that slows my brainwaves down (alpha, theta, delta) after I’ve done my work for the day so I can really let go and get into the experience, but it’s more a matter of personal preference.



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    I’m currently working on a research project as part of my capstone doing research on EEGs, how the human brain reacts to different stimuli, and how we can target different states of the brain that can be most conducive to learning, so this information is really helpful! I was just wondering if I could know where you got your information from, so I can further expand my research. I didn’t know if you had that information on your website, but any help is much appreciated!
    Thanks, Winnie

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      Ashton Brainwavelove

      Hi Winnie! A lot of the info I get has come from multiple sources. However one of my favorite sources of this type of info is transparentcorp.com

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    Short yet informative. Great article! May I know what’s the best brain wave for social anxiety and brain fog? I always overthink in social situations, I feel nervous. Plus, I have insomnia too. I have read somewhere that I may be a Beta-wave dominant since it’s the fast producing brainwave and it happens when you’re thinking. Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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      Ashton Brainwavelove

      Hi Mido!

      Glad you enjoyed the article. For brain fog and social anxiety I would probably recommend the frequency range right where alpha meets beta, or even low beta. Say 12-15hz. Beta can get a bad rap sometimes, and its important to understand that it has a wide range. Low beta is generally relaxing and pleasant, and there are even some benefits to high beta when it is used correctly. Also worth mentioning, in my personal research with EEG data, I find it VERY rare for people to have predominant beta activity going on in high amounts. I know beta is sometimes considered to be the dominant brainwave activity of our day to day life, but more and more I’m seeing that when we plug people into an EEG that its really a shmorgisborg of different brainwaves, going on in different parts of the brain, and unique to each individual. So I wouldn’t think too much in terms of yourself having “too much beta” and wanting to lower that.

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    Hi there – thank you for your informative article. I am a Mum with a couple of ASD kids and we are just starting to explore the idea of binaural stuff with them. We are looking firstly as a means of assisting focus in the classroom (by both the audio input itself and its ability to help create another sensory barrier between them and the noise of the classroom) and secondly for assisting with anxiety. What wavelengths and/or types of audio tracks would you recommend? Thanks!

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      Ashton Brainwavelove

      Hi Janna!

      So cool that you are exploring this option with your kids. We have a product called the genius bundle that includes an audio made specifically to help increase/improve focus. It has also been clinically tested and shown to improve symptoms of “ADD/ADHD”. One thing to keep in mind as you begin exploring brainwave entrainment is that there is a difference between binaural beats and isochronic tones, or monaural beats. In general, you get much better results for most things with isochronic tones or monaural beats than binaural beats (though the binaural beats still have their uses). I tell you this because people who sell binaural beats may not tell you this with their advertising 🙂

      As far as relaxation goes, there are many different frequencies/brainwaves that are highly relaxing. To start with I would recommend the alpha range. If you haven’t already done so, I’d highly recommend grabbing a copy of our free Deep Progressive Alpha audio by plugging in your information at the bottom of the page, or by going here: http://www.brainwavelove.com/free-powerful-brainwave-entrainment-mp3

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    LOVE the article but i am a bit confused and would like some help understandin!!! i looked at “effortless overachiever” and “In the Zone” and they do not say which brain wave they are producing on those tracks nor do they talk about using it for studying purposes? i would like to know which wave each track is producing so i can understand what to look for as far as its effects on me. Also, i saw the bundled pack “genius” which does talk about studying increase and the only one i found mention was Gamma waves under “Brain upgrade” and “Super Learning” with high alpha waves under “peak performance”. So, you mentioning here that Alpha is generally regarded as the best for studying and maybe Theta, why is there only one with alpha offered and the others are Gamma?

    Lastly, I don’t know if this is even possible, but could it be done were a track is overlaid with Alpha, Theta, and Gamma waves!? That to me sounds like its hitting all the study aids or would that be a brain overload and the waves would conflict and cancel out? idk just curious. THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL THE HELP!

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      Ashton Brainwavelove

      Hi Michael,

      Glad you enjoyed the article. These are good questions. The truth is that there are so many different benefits of each of the different brainwaves that it is hard to pick just one. The information in this article is true and applicable, however there have also been studies that show profound effects in this same area coming from gamma training as well as beta training. The genius bundle audios all aim at the same ultimate goal, but each audio is specific. For example brain upgrade is more about generally upgrading the abilities of the brain (not studying). Super Integration (the audio in the alpha range) is designed to help the brain more effectively retain and integrate information that it has absorbed throughout the day (which WOULD be very helpful for studying). So the genius bundle has a more wide range of application than the subject matter in this article.

      However thus being said if studying is what you are aiming to improve, I would definitely recommend the Genius Bundle over the other two package mentioned in the article.

      As far as your second question goes, it is generally not effective or helpful to layer different frequencies in an audio at the same time. There is somewhat of a debate on this, and in some cases it works (under specific protocols) but its not really possible for you to be fully immersed in one brainwave state and then another at the same time. Again, there are some exceptions to this if you really dig into it, but I personally do not think this would be a helpful way to go.

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    I wanted to ask you that whether we should listen to alpha brainwave while studying or before studying? Which brainwave is best for concentration for a medical aspirant for at least 3 hours

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      Ashton Brainwavelove

      Hi there! I would probably recommend listening while studying, or immediately after to help the brain process and integrate the information. But even listening at a completely different time daily will help. The jury is still out on exactly what brainwaves are absolutely the best, and when is best to listen to. Truthfully, almost any good quality audio will help you improve in this area.

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      Ashton Brainwavelove

      Hi there,

      As far as listening to Alpha for the purpose of studying, I would say listen to it after studying, but make sure to listen on a regular (if not daily) basis, as this will help the brain process the information. As far as concentration goes, I would recommend gamma frequencies, as they really help “sharpen” up your attention span and generally have a beneficial effect on your IQ/academic abilities. Do check out the Genius Bundle to take it to the next level 🙂

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    Hello there Ashton,
    I read one of your replies on the comment section, it goes like this: “My recommendation would be to listen to alpha, while studying/reading. 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.” But then, you replied this to the last comment: “As far as listening to Alpha for the purpose of studying, I would say listen to it after studying”. Which you kind of contradicted yourself, so now I am a little bit confused. Which order would be the best? Listen to Theta and then Alpha, or Alpha and then Theta?

    All the best,

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      Ashton Brainwavelove

      Hi Paul,

      You are right I did contradict myself! To be fully honest, I do not think we have enough empirical evidence as to which brainwave are absolutely best and when to listen to them. We have a lot of data that says “theta can help with memory” or “this alpha frequency can help the brain assimilate information”, but we do not have very solid evidence to say that, for example, theta should be listened to afterwards while alpha is listened to during. At any rate I would not recommend listening to theta while actually studying, the main reason being that I don’t think the brain could effectively entrain to a brainwave frequency that slow while you are focusing on studying. Alpha is more realistic. I would say that you could listen to either theta or alpha afterwards. My personal take is that alpha would help more with “assimilation” of information, while theta would be more helpful for memorizing things. (I know that depending on what you are studying this might be a subtle difference.)

      The truth is that beta and gamma frequencies are also very helpful to listen to for studying/learning. It is hard to go wrong!

      Hopefully this provided some clarification, rather than giving you more questions.



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