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REI for Anxiety and Aggression: New study posted on Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI)

We constantly study the efficacy of Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI), the core technique of the REI Custom Program, all my CDs, and Brain Shift Radio.  And occasionally, I write up our findings in a formal paper. I just finished writing about a gem of a study we did on REI and anxiety reduction in a public school setting.

In this instance, the REI recording reduced anxiety every time it was played, often resulting in a significant decrease in physical aggression. This helped calm not only the child who was anxious, but the entire classroom as well.

Here is an excerpt:

Nancy was a highly verbal, though often inappropriate, extroverted, non-compliant and somewhat physically aggressive 12 year-old. Nancy was quite a force. She entered the room singing a Disney movie song. She engaged with me to the extent that she sang and danced around me, so I just jumped in playing. I started with basic calming rhythms, which had no impact initially as she kept on singing and tried dancing with the psychologist. After about 3 minutes she abruptly stopped singing, turned to me with a serious look and put her hands on the edge of my drum. I stopped playing.

Nancy then began telling me how great I was and how awesome my drumming was. I tried to thank her and start playing again but she kept on, telling me just how amazing I truly was. This exaggerated praise lasted for several minutes until I decided to start playing again. Once I did, she began singing and dancing again until she tripped and fell into the recorder. I kept playing, lowering my volume and rhythmic intensity, as the psychologist held her. She didn’t get hurt when she tripped and did not seemed bothered by the incident. She did, however, sit next to the psychologist when he directed her to the chair next to his.

You can read the entire blog post here: Case Study: Nancy, 12 year-old with Autism, Anxiety and Aggressive behavior

I should note that the recordings used in this study mirror the tracks contained on my REI Calming Rhythms CD and many of the rhythm tracks in the Calm category of Brain Shift Radio. You can achieve results similar to this study with Brain Shift Radio by selecting tracks with intensity levels of 4 or 5 or by answering the intensity (2nd) question as, “I’m agitated”.

Free Brain Shift Radio Holiday Downloads 2012

Every year my company offers a variety of free REI downloads to help you get through the stress of the holidays. This year, thanks to the Brain Shift Radio Member Community, we’re offering some very cool member mixes in our four most popular categories.

Download any or all of them, on me:

You can learn more about Brain Shift Radio here


Brain Shift Radio got more press:

The College Students Enhance Academic Performance by Listening to Brain Shift Radio

Published November 2, 2012 | By Jeff Strong | Edit


A new article about Brain Shift Radio was just published by SOP stands for Student Operated Press and this organization is a place where a lot of cutting edge student journalism happens. Check it out.

Here’s a short excerpt:

Web App Helps College Students Enhance Academic Performance

ADHD prescription drug abuse among college students is a known concern among campus officials. The percentages vary, yet studies show that illicit ADHD drug abuse rates may be as high as 34% of a campus student body. Students use these `smart` drugs to improve their concentration, help them cram for exams, and enhance their overall academic performance. The Strong Institute, a leader of auditory brain stimulation programs for individuals with neurobiological disorders, has a solution: Brain Shift Radio offers students the ability to improve their focus without the use of drugs.

The core technique used in Brain Shift Radio was developed from the Strong Institute`s 30-plus years of research exploring how auditory brain stimulation can enhance cognitive function. Called Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI), their technique has been proven to be nearly twice as effective as 20mg of Ritalin for focusing. Other studies show improvements in anxiety, sleep, and cognition, among other areas. For nearly two decades, REI has been successfully used for longterm improvement in stress reduction and increased focus.

“Simply put, you can take control of your brain without the use of drugs,” said Jeff Strong, cofounder of Brain Shift Radio.

You can read the entire article here:

College Students Enhance Academic Performance by Listening to Brain Shift Radio