My experience with binaural beats were like:
I had good results after about 10 to 15 sessions, ideal of a length of
more than 20 minutes. (If you want to check commercial ones I suggest
Kelley Howell or Robert Monroe).
The quality of the headphones is important, too. Casual Earbuds had less efect than high-level headphones.
It would be interesting if you could reproduce an experiment which
measured cognitive effects of the binaural beats: Volunteers performed
worse when listening to theta waves when they were doing concetration
In the following there is an overview I did elsewhere:
We found that power and phase synchronization were significantly
modulated by beat stimulation not only at temporo-basal, temporo-lateral
and surface sites, but also at mediotemporal sites. Generally, more
significant decreases than increases were observed.
The most prominent power increases were seen after stimulation with
monaural 40-Hz beats. [...] Our results suggest that beat stimulation
offers a non-invasive approach for the modulation of intracranial EEG
The impact of binaural beats on creativity.
Results showed that binaural beats, regardless of the presented
frequency, can affect divergent but not convergent thinking. Individuals
with low EBRs mostly benefitted from alpha binaural beat stimulation,
while individuals with high EBRs were unaffected or
even impaired by both alpha and gamma binaural beats. This suggests that
binaural beats, and possibly other forms of cognitive entrainment, are
not suited for a one-size-fits-all approach, and that individual
cognitive-control systems need to be taken into
account when studying cognitive enhancement methods.
Brainwave entrainment for better sleep and post-sleep state of young elite soccer players - a pilot study
Subjective ratings of sleep and awakening quality, sleepiness and
motivational state were significantly improved only in the intervention
group, but did not impact their perceived physical state. In summary,
eight weeks of auditory stimulation with binaural
beats improved perceived sleep quality and the post-sleep state of
athletes, whereas the effect on physical level is assumed to occur in a
time-delayed fashion. It seems to be worthwhile - to further elaborate
long-time effects and consequences on physical
and mental performance.
Binaural beat technology in humans: a pilot study to assess psychologic and physiologic effects.
RESULTS: There was a decrease in trait anxiety (p = 0.004), an increase
in quality of life (p = 0.03), and a decrease in insulin-like growth
factor-1 (p = 0.01) and dopamine (p = 0.02) observed between pre- and
Binaural auditory beats affect vigilance performance and mood.
This study compared the effects of binaural auditory beats in the EEG
beta and EEG theta/delta frequency ranges on mood and on performance of a
vigilance task to investigate their effects on subjective and objective
measures of arousal. Participants (n = 29)
performed a 30-min visual vigilance task on three different days while
listening to pink noise containing simple tones or binaural beats either
in the beta range (16 and 24 Hz) or the theta/delta range (1.5 and 4
Hz). However, participants were kept blind to
the presence of binaural beats to control expectation effects.
Presentation of beta-frequency binaural beats yielded more correct
target detections and fewer false alarms than presentation of
theta/delta frequency binaural beats. In addition, the beta-frequency
beats were associated with less negative mood. Results suggest that the
presentation of binaural auditory beats can affect psychomotor
performance and mood. This technology may have applications for the
control of attention and arousal and the enhancement of