How Alphalearning Works

Brainwave 1 How it works
How does the Alphalearning system work?

To learn to use the brain frequencies properly requires the use of Brainwave I; a combination of an electroencephalograph (equipment that reads brainwave output) and an optical-acoustical trainer (equipment that controls brainwave input).

Brainwave I is a computer based electronic system that uses the brain’s output through the electroencephalograph to control the training input from the optical-acoustical stimulation glasses and earphones. 

You can see your brain function on the computer screen.
Four steps in the process.

1.   An EEG is recorded by attaching 4 small wires to the head with easily removable disposable tabs to view the brain’s activity on the computer screen.  This recording is then evaluated to determine the weak and strong areas of the brain.

 2.  Lights and earphones are used to input certain frequencies to synchronize the 4 main sections of the brain.  The precise program used is based on the results of the first EEG.

 3.   Biofeedback exercises are performed allowing the user to hear and see their own brain wave frequencies and their left-right balance.  The brain is attracted to the sounds and images of perfect balance and therefore; balances and tunes itself.

 4.   A second EEG is recorded for comparison to the first EEG to measure the effect and results of the training session.  This EEG is used to determine the next session settings for the light and sound training frequencies.

The above sequence requires approximately 20 minutes.

Before training 4 Min 6 function test

Before training


During light and sound 12 Min 16 function test


After training 4 Min 6 function test


Recommended use can vary from daily to monthly depending on the individual application. Severe brain damage can utilize 2 – 4 sessions daily in the early months, then decreasing to daily.

Athletic professionals – of either the mind or body might also follow the above schedules.

Pure intelligence enhancement and mental/physical balance training for most people would only require the full training sequence monthly and the light and sound sequence (10 minutes) one to three times per week.

What does the EEG test?

To properly evaluate the brain functions, perform the synchronization, validate the results and provide an analysis and recommendations for the future requires the following procedure:

1. EEG (4 minutes) recording the brains performance both by frequency and amplitude on both the left and right while performing the following 6 functions.

1. Listen to new information

2. Relax – meditate

3. Read

4. Memorize

5. Recall

6. Decisions

Therefore, in only 4 minutes, 6 functions have been checked on both sides, left and right, = 12 data points x frequency and amplitude = 24 ways of evaluating the EEG and comparing it to the 30,000 on file in the master data base.

EEG Test Results

To illustrate the analysis and display capabilities a real life example from a recent course follows. These are the brain patterns of a 55 – year old business executive, very successful internationally. However, dyslexic since childhood. Very slow reading and low comprehension.

The displays below summarize 200 meters of linear EEG data.

To more easily understand the results, ask yourself which of the diagrams is the more esthetically pleasing? If you picked the center one you are now a qualified neuroscientist.

If you can see the “Before” is out of balance to the right, the “During” is balanced and the “After” is still balanced then you can really read EEG’s like a professional.

These color displays represent the average brainwave frequencies and power for the entire duration of the test. In the case below 4 and 12 minute tests.

NOTE: The following displays can be enlarged by clicking on the individual images.

BLUE represents the left brain and RED represents the right brain

The vertical scale in the center measures the brain frequency from 1 to 30 Hertz in 1 Hertz divisions.

The horizontal distance to the left or right of center measures the power of the brainwave.

Before training

4 Min 6 function test


During light and sound

12 Min 16 function test


After training

4 Min 6 function test


Another way to view the results is by the second instead of as an average. The displays below are split in the middle with a white vertical line: the Left brain is on the left in each display and the Right brain on the right.

The vertical scale measures time in seconds. The horizontal scale measures the frequency and power of the brainwaves. As in the above example, one does not have to be a rocket scientist to see the difference in balance and alpha dominance.

Based on the results of the “Before” test above, a 12-minute optical-acoustical session is performed while observing the EEG at the same time. This program takes the brain through the 4 major frequencies for 2 minutes each:

7. Beta – 14 Hz – Decisions

8. Alpha – 7 Hz. – Learning

9. Theta – 3 Hz – Memory

10. Delta – 1 Hz. – Rest

And, will also test the brains ability to cooperate left-right during each 2-minute cycle. This result shows the brains relative balance in each of the beta, alpha and theta states.

The displays below show the computer screen monitoring the accuracy of the light and sound as it changes frequency and balancing sequences. The twin displays show both the input to the brain and the effect, all in real time. And, all re-playable later.

Lotus Wavemeter program


Linear – left top – right bottom & balance yellow


The above sequence requires approximately 20 minutes.

The result of balancing this man’s brain and allowing alpha dominance was a 300% increase in reading speed and by his own definition “a staggering increase in comprehension”.

Additional Views

NOTE: The following displays can be enlarged by clicking on the individual images.

Relative Percentage of Beta – Alpha – Theta

This display compares the left/right percentages as a total on the far right vertical axis and time by the second on the horizontal axis.

Balance between left and right in Beta – Alpha – Theta

This display shows the cooperation between the left and right brain, i.e. the balance, separated into Beta – Alpha – Theta. The yellow line shows the degree of balance. A flat line is perfect balance.

Three Live Replays

The displays below can be replayed at the real time speed or at fast forward.

Linear 3 line display

Shows the Left brain on the top line and the Right brain on the bottom. Time is the horizontal axis and power the vertical axis. The yellow line in the center represents balance, when both brains are doing the same thing at the same time the yellow line will be flat. The display is available from 2 seconds per screen for maximum detail to 10 seconds per screen to observe longer term trends.

2 seconds


5 seconds


10 seconds


Frequency analysis

Shows the power at each frequency from 1 to 30 Hz. This is the clearest display of the overall left-right balance and the dominant frequencies both second by second and as an average for the duration of the test.

This example is the average activity during the 10’23″ of the Light/Sound session.

Frequency Analysis

10 Second moving average

Shows the average frequency, power and left/right balance for the last 10 seconds. The bottom of the display shows the same information as a cumulative total of elapsed time.

Zoom capability

This example is of a virtually instantaneous reconnection of the neurons damaged in a severe head injury to the left rear of the cranium. The symptoms were color blindness and an inability to control the left eye as well as the right which resulted in balance, dizziness and high pulse rate. The Light/Sound program was at 5 min of the 10 min program when the brain connected. The reconnection was permanent and the client reported he could now see color and move his eyes easily in balance. A side effect was his reading speed increased from 80 w/m to 340 w/m with increased comprehension and recall.

The zoom feature allowed the operator to see the event more clearly and to replay it for the client to show the exact instant of reconnection. It occurred just before 5’15″. To see it clearly click on the image and enlarge to any size.

10 min test vertical axis 0-10 min


1 min 4’50″ to 5’50″


10 seconds 5’10″ to 5’20″



Three Exclusive features – (no other units on the market with these features).

1. Stable power supply with advanced voltage regulation.

Precise 8.3 volts for 40 + hours on 8 AA batteries. All other equipment without this feature will record apparently higher amplitude waves with fresh batteries and within 20 – 30 minutes the amplitude appears to decrease. Therefore, EEGs are not comparable over time due to battery life decline.

Brainwave I is the only machine on the market with this feature. You can be sure your measurements are accurately comparable over time – hour to years, the measurement accuracy will be the same.

Easy to change external battery trays


Industrial strength steel case


2. Built in electronic ohmmeter for continual left right impedance monitoring.

Accurate from 1 to 20 ohms to measure the electrical resistance on the left and right brain. Continual measurement during the EEG – especially during physical activity where the electrodes may become loose. The display on the computer screen verifies the accuracy of the left-right connection.

With all other equipment a $ 500 ohmmeter must be used with the attendant confusion and distraction of periodically holding the electrodes of the ohmmeter to the connection.

Experienced users of EEG equipment are amazed at the ease of use this feature gives them.

2 – 6 ohm resistance within 1 – 2 ohm left-right balance is easy to achieve with the built in amplifier.

Other e equipment is normally happy with 15 – 20 ohm resistance. The difference is in the ability to discriminate in greater detail the thought processes – not just the dominant wave. Brainwave I is by far the most accurate and presents the most detailed results.

The photo below shows the area of the circuit board allocated to this function. The 24-pin device in the center splits into the left and right functions to ensure an accurate balance measurement.

Ohmmeter circuitry


Imagine the result if one were training with biofeedback to connect a left dominant brain and the problem was a faulty connection, not a brain imbalance. Oops, accident in the brain surgery world, the left-brain dominance is now much, much more so.

3. 25,000 volts optical insulation.

The highest rating on other equipment is 5,000 volts. Lighting can and does strike, and when it hits a building, unprotected computers no longer work – they are smoking.

Should this happen while the EEG electrodes are attached to a brain, an optical insulator is required to stop the flow of electricity. As there are lighting bolts approaching 15,000 volts, the Brainwave I is built to 25,000. Five times the protection of any other equipment.

The long white tube on the left side of the circuit board is the optical insulator. (The little animals are the prehistoric occupants of the colorful jungle as they find a Brainwave I and wonder what it is and from where it came?)

Optical insulation


Additional Features

Connection time – 2 minutes or less.

Four simple clips attach to the electrodes placed behind each ear, on the forehead and on the cheek. Hairstyles and markup remain intact for use in corporate environments.

Portable, can be used with any laptop computer. (serial connection).

Biofeedback – sound, up to 3 frequency ranges can be set with various sounds, pitches and volume selectable for the desired results.

Biofeedback – visual, various displays are shown in real time so the individual can see precisely what frequencies and amplitude the brain is using on the left-right and the cooperation (or lack of) between the left and right.

Children will play these games for hours, becoming more balanced and more intelligent.

Stereo outputs, listen to the sounds of your brainwaves via a stereo system with MIDI .

Brainwave I Optical – Acoustical System


Flashing lights and rhythmic sounds definitely affect & effect the brain – PERMANENTLY!

To use light & sound without an EEG is totally irresponsible.

The damage done to a brain by the wrong program of flashing lights and rhythmic (or non- rhythmic sounds) can be permanent (unless diagnosed by an expert EEG analyst and rebalanced by a Brainwave I type system).

To ensure safety many factors are involved: frequency, intensity, brightness, colour, sequencing, coordination with sound and the ratio of on and off periods.

All of these and many more variables were tested extensively for 2 years (1991-93) before the lights actually worked, i.e. had a lasting and beneficial effect.

And, equally as important, to be proven to be absolutely safe – even for use on infants.

The Brainwave I light and sound system is the only safe system manufactured worldwide and is the only system that does not require a “health warning”. There are no possible negative side effects.

Travel case for 16 LED lights and earphones


Circuit board for 16 LED lights (in printer plug)


Circuit board case for 70 LED lights


Circuit board for 70 LED lights


Seven Exclusive Features – (no other units on the market with these features).

1. Total security.

The maximum frequency is only 15 Hz (cycles/second). Epilepsy can be triggered at 30 – 40 Hz. Other light/sound equipment can be programmed to 60 – 180 Hz. (about the same as a modern disco with laser strobe lights). As human thought only requires 14 Hz maximum, the Brainwave I was designed to be totally safe. It will not create “psychedelic trips” like other systems. It will, however, train the brain for balance in alpha/theta, i.e., 3 – 10 Hz.

2. Perfect color at 610 nanometers.

The color spectrum visible to the human eye ranges from +/- 400 nm – blue – through the rainbow to +/- 800 nm – red. Blue light has little or no lasting effect. Red creates a “whiplash” reverse negative effect. White light has no effect. The only color that can create a lasting effect is pure gold – the color of the center of a candle flame.

To do this requires manufacturing LEDs of gallium, platinum and arsinide on a gallium-platinum backing. This is expensive and Brainwave I is the only equipment in the world with this color frequency.

3. 16 LEDs to maximize effect with minimum power.

Other systems have 2 to 8 LEDs. The difference between 8 LEDs and 16 LEDs is 64 times more effect with the same power. For example, tap the palm of your hand with the point of a pencil and then with the eraser. The smaller and more numerous the points of light, the more effective the training. To power 16 LEDs requires 18 wires and a computer type circuit board with about the same power as the first PCs.

4. Computer controlled accuracy.

The security of the RO (read only) chip ensures that the maximum frequency cannot be exceeded and that any frequency cannot be exceeded and that any frequency selected from 1 to 14 Hz will be perfectly accurate. Frequencies can vary on other equipment due to battery drain and programming errors in manufacturing. (A recent test of a $ 300 Orion set at 1 Hz was actually flashing at 6 Hz – 6 times too fast and at 14 was flashing at 8.4 Hz – easy to get epilepsy). (If you have light/sound equipment, set it to 1 Hz and count the flashes. You should get 30 in 60 seconds – let us know the results).

5. Total eye safety.

The lenses (brightness of the 16 LEDs combined are less than a flame from a small paper match. Bright lights on other equipment will create psychedelic effects and no training. The safe Brainwave I lights do not create psychedelic effects and do enable training.

6. A precise “hertz” or cycle per second.

A single cycle requires an “on” period and an “off” period. For brain training there must be equal. This is perfect in the Brainwave I system. For psychedelic and disco effects, the reverse is true. A longer flash and shorter period of dark or vice versa, i.e., “strobe” effect. This is how other equipment operates.

7. Fully adjustable for optimum comfort and efficiency.

The only adjustable lights on the market. Vertical/horizontal and tilt from 0 degrees to 180 degrees for use while reading or creating.

Additional features: Software updates via E-mail. Unlimited program options – all other light/sound programs can be easily run on the system –with better accuracy and a screen display. Research options include light/sound frequencies, time in seconds and 10 frequency change methods.

Screen Displays

The absolute safety of the system is guaranteed both by the software and the read only chip(ROM) in the circuit board of the lights. What you see on the screen is what you get with the lights and the sounds. A moving arrow tells you where you are at all times during a program.

The vertical scale on the left is marked from 0 to 15Hz. This is the number of light pulses per minute. For example: with the frequency set at 1Hz for one minute the lights would flash on 30 times and have 30 equal periods of off. A total of 60 pulses in 60 seconds. Please use this test if you have L/S equipment from another supplier and send us the result. We have seen test results ranging from 1Hz to 10 Hz. This means that when that equipment is set to alpha at 7Hz one could be receiving 7 to 70Hz. All equipment tested can be set to exceed 40Hz, therefore a health warning is required. Not so with Brainwave I.

Please note the maximum light pulse rate is 15Hz – far below the 40+Hz needed to trigger epilepsy or the 100+Hz at disco laser light shows.

The horizontal scale is time and can be zoomed from seconds to hours for each screen display.

The colours of each segment signify the coordination of the lights and sounds.

Blue: All equal – light and sound at the same time in both eyes and both ears.

Red: Left-Right balance – light and sound alternating from left eye/left ear to right eye/right ear.

Green: Front-Rear balance – light and sound alternating from left eye/right eye/ to left ear/right ear.

Violet: Diagonal balance – light and sound alternating from left eye/right ear to right eye/left ear.

The shapes in the lower left indicate the type of change desired when moving from one frequency to another. There are 10 possibilities.

Total programmability. One can easily, in a few minutes, duplicate any light/sound program being researched or used worldwide. This is the ultimate word processor and spreadsheet program for the brain.

Passive Screen (ready for programming)

Passive Screen (ready for programming

The Light/sound controls in the white box on the right allow precise control of the brightness of the lights and the volume of the sound. The maximum for both is far below health standards. The lights are about the same brightness as a candle flame and the sound about the same as a normal voice. The Left/right balance of both the lights and sound are also variable in case it is necessary to balance a severely imbalanced brain.

Passive Screen (ready for programming

Pre set programs for standard usage are pre-programmed. Additional programs are added to the menu for each client’s specific requirements.

Free program upgrades are issued when new developments occur. For example; a few years ago a university student was using the system for reading and learning improvement when he discovered that an alternating 1 Hz wave stopped his back pain. It was tested immediately in the main office – it worked. An e-mail with the new program can now be sent to registered users.

Program Menu

Programmable sound controls allow for blending of up to 6 sound sources with 3 variables each. Virtually all possible meditative sounds can be duplicated. The slider controls allow control over volume steps 0-15, pitch steps 0-657 and brightness steps 0-254.

Sound Pattern Menu

Segment programming allows control over time, upper and lower frequencies, display time and 10 methods to move from the lower to higher frequencies (or vice versa).

Segment Programming Menu

Specific purpose programs are available for many common situations. The one below was written to restore normal activity to a brain where a concussion was sufficiently severe to cause a decrease in alertness. It takes the brain thru an alternating series from 10 – 14Hz and varying the sequence of light/sound. This program has also been used on a horse with a concussion. Same result as humans, all OK in a few hours.

12 min Wake Up Program

What are Alpha and Theta brain waves?

 Alpha is a relaxed concentrated state of mind typical of a brain wave around 7 cycles/second (7 Hz).  It allows total concentration and synchronization of the left and right brains.  This is the proper state for reading, listening and other forms of information input.

Theta is an even more restful state of mind typical of a brain wave around 3 cycles/second (3 Hz).  This state is the best for memorization, creativity and problem solving.

 You can learn how to use these brain wave frequencies

 easily, effortlessly and efficiently.