TO FO­CUS, ENTRAIN THE BRAIN

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Whether mu­sic helps you work or dis­tracts you from it, is a mat­ter of de­bate. Not only does it per­haps de­pend on the in­di­vid­ual but also the type of work be­ing done. One school of thought how­ever firmly be­lieves that one’s brain can go through en­train­ment when cer­tain kinds of mu­sic is used to coax spe­cific states of mind us­ing puls­ing light, sound or elec­tro­mag­netic field. The the­ory is that the brain waves align to the fre­quency used by the stim­u­lant. Brain.fm is an ap­pli­ca­tion, avail­able on the web and as an app on both iOS and Android, though the Android app is still a work in progress. What it presents you with is a set of men­tal states: Fo­cus, Med­i­tate, Sleep, Nap, Re­lax. Tap one and get into head­phones. The puls­ing mu­sic you’ll hear is meant to in­duce the cho­sen state. It cer­tainly works for some peo­ple.

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