A good site worth trying.
Squareeater uses a combination of binaural audio and stroboscopic visual effects in an attempt to achieve brainwave entrainment in the user. The ideal result is to change the user’s brainwaves to a specific frequency associated with a specific mental state. In general, lower EEG frequencies correspond to relaxation and sleep while higher frequencies are for alertness or anxiousness.
Tips on using:
1. Get comfortable. Consider using squareeater as a meditative device. Try laying in bed, or sitting in a traditional meditation position. Focus on the audio, and the rhythm of the beating. Be aware of your breathing
2. USE HEADPHONES, preferrably of a decent quality. The binaural audio needs to be isolated specifically to each ear, which is only possible via headphones. The audio should be relatively loud, while still remaining comfortable.
3. Try to make your environment as dark as possible, then get as close to the screen while remaining comfortable. The visuals have been designed to have different effects with eyes opened or closed, so try both. Some visuals will cause visual distortions while others cause the user to see colors that aren’t actually represented.
4. Have fun! Try squareeater at different times of the day, under different mind sets, etc.
If you have ANY history with epilepsy, DO NOT USE!!!..
Squareeater uses a combination of binaural beats and psychostrobic flicker effects to attempt to induce brainwave entrainment in the viewer.
Binaural beats are achieved by putting a tone in one ear of the listener and a slightly different tone in the other. For example, if the left ear is hearing a sine wave tone of 397hz (cycles per second) and the right is hearing 403hz, the brain perceives a pulse of 6hz, the difference in the frequencies.
Under ideal conditions, frequency following response occurs in brainwave functions, meaning the brain starts to function at the same frequency as the binaural stimulus. Different frequencies of stimulus correspond to different brainwave states, for example 4-7hz correspond to theta waves, a brain state associated with deep meditation or early stages of sleep.
Additionally, the stimulus does not have to be auditory, but psychostrobic visuals can also induce similar effects (ie. the dream machine).
We are often asked “aren’t the effects just placebo?”. While there certainly have been users whose response is largely imagined, there have been a number of studies (see research below) published in legitimate scientific journals drawing a correlation between binaural beats and brainwave functions. While the research is insufficient at this point to fully understand how the brain reacts with entrainment, a variety of responses have been well documented.