Efficiency of brainwave entrainment by binaural beats in reducing anxiety


avatar Ahmad Alipoor 1 , avatar Mohammad Oraki 1 , avatar Mehdi Yazdian Sabet 1 , *

Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran

how to cite: Alipoor A, Oraki M, Yazdian Sabet M. Efficiency of brainwave entrainment by binaural beats in reducing anxiety. J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci. 2014;18(1):e74271. doi: 10.22110/jkums.v18i1.1385.


Background: Anxiety is a fundamental phenomenon that is a common symptom in all mental disorders. The aim of the present study was to assess the effect of brainwave entrainment on anxiety reduction using binaural beats.
Methods: In this experimental double-blind study, 30 employees were selected from an engineering research firm through random sampling and replacement and divided into two groups: control group and experimental group. All participants completed the Spielberger’s State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). Then, the experimental group listened to binaural beats which was recorded on a non-vocal piece of music for 4 weeks, 3 sessions each week. Each session lasted about 20 minutes. At the same time, the control group listened to the background music without any entrainment sound. At the end, both groups completed the anxiety questionnaire and the anxiety scores of both groups obtained before and after intervention were analyzed by ANCOVA.
Results: The findings showed that the brainwave entrainment using binaural beats led to the significant reduction of state anxiety (P<0.001) and trait anxiety (P<0.018).
Conclusion: Brainwave entrainment using binaural beats is an effective factor in decreasing state and trait anxiety; so, it can be used to reduce anxiety in mental health centers.



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