Binaural Beats: Bogus or Brilliant?

Binaural beats are a form of brainwave entrainment technology gaining traction in the recent media during what Dr. Elisha Goldstein terms the period in which humans are currently living, the “Age of Insight”.

Just by listening to a binaural beats track while you work or relax promises to help increase your concentration, give you a deeper and more restful sleep, or relieve anxiety. A number of free YouTube videos and smartphone apps abound.

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 15.26.36Doctors, clinical therapists, neuroscientists, musicians and actors were interviewed in this documentary to give their professional opinions of binaural beat technology.

Listen to the entire radio documentary programme here. Bonus Interviews: Joseph KaoClinical hypnotherapist Joseph Kao of Cambridge has been a user of binaural beats for 15 years and is convinced they are not merely a “placebo effect”. Listen here to hear Joe talk about meditation, mindfulness and possible medical uses of binaural beats.


Musician Tim Smith from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds,309556_10150367741874772_298287958_nshares his views on binaural beats from a musical and acoustic sound perspective here. Tim found binaural beats whilst searching for mindful solutions to help relieve anxiety.


blogpostdissertfeatphotoOne of the biggest consumer goods companies in the world (and wish to remain unnamed) has termed London Sound and Arts Designer Aiste Noreikaite’s Experience Helmet as a “One of the major technological trends that will shape the future 10-15 years” as they recruited Aiste to a conference to demonstrate the meditation effects of the helmet.  Listen here as she describes an experience an American couple had with the helmet.

Interviewees include (in the order they appear):

Aiste Noreikaite, Sound and Arts Designer, creator of the Experience Helmet

Dr. Eva Lantsoght, Structural Engineer and Technology Lecturer

Tim Smith, Musician, currently with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Gabriele Lombardo, actor in London

Joseph Kao, Clinical Hypnotherapist

Dr. Sophie Scott, Cognitive Neuroscientist

Dr. Nick Southorn, Physiotherapist and Pain Specialist for Pain Management Solutions in partnership with the NHS

Dr. Susan MacPherson, Lecturer at University of Essex on depression

by Cynthia Gregoire


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