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Flickering Lights, Low Frequency Sounds and Alzheimer's Disease

The MIT team that studied the effects of 40hz bass frequencies and flickering lights in mice have confirmed the next phase of their research. They are hoping to repeat the results in humans; promoting more brain activity and even mitigating the build up of proteins that are responsible for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The regiment will consist of daily hour-long sessions where the doctors will be measuring brain connectivity and blood vessel dilation among other variables. The aim is to have sufficient data a year from now to have strong understanding of the effects.

Although the exact mechanisms aren’t fully understood, the doctors are focused on the concept of brainwave entrainment, where sound and light can actually cause our brainwaves to sync (in this case to 40hz; in the gamma wave frequency spectrum). So does bass super-boost our brains and help our immune cells fight off dangerous plaques? Do raves directly improve our brain function?

Although the results between mice and human trials are by no means guaranteed to match, this research shows the potential to bring a non-invasive treatment into the lives of those at risk and possibly even those already affected by the disease. This research may also validate the hypothesis that bass can actually travel up our spines and massage our brains (Olav Skile, 2014).

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