Cognitive Remediation Therapy – Thought Matters Conference Inga Davidson


Cognitive Remediation Therapy - Thought Matters Conference Inga Davidson

Full presentation from Inga Davidson, Occupational Therapist, Fife Employment Access Trust describing the use of Cognitive Remediation Therapy in an employability project

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► If you are new to this type of audio brainwave entrainment, find out how isochronic tones work and how they compare to binaural beats here:

What does this track do?

This music can be used for longer study or homework sessions and will help you to maintain a good level of concentration and focus, while at the same time feeling quite relaxed.

This track contains isochronic tones, which is the repetitive beats you hear behind the music. After around 5 or 6 minutes your brainwaves start to synchronize with the frequency of the tones. Then, as the tones change and cycle up and down through a specific frequency range, your brainwaves follow along in step with them. This process is known as brainwave entrainment.

The ‘beat’ frequencies used in this track range between 10 to 20 Hz, which means they beat at between 10 to 20 times per second. At the lowest end of 10Hz, this is known as the Alpha frequency range, which is a reasonably relaxed mental state. At the highest 20Hz frequency you go up into the Beta range. When you are awake, alert and focused during the day, your brain’s dominant frequency will be in the Beta range.

When we are studying or doing things that are mentally taxing, we might feel very alert and focused, but we are also a little tense, perhaps because of the importance of what we are working on, or maybe because we are under a time deadline. This extra pressure can cause mental blocks and make it harder for you to ‘think on your feet’.

This isochronic tones session is designed to help overcome that problem, by increasing your levels of Alpha and Beta brainwave activity. So you get the benefit of having increased beta activity which is good for concentration, but at the same time you have enough Alpha activity to be relaxed, resulting in a state of relaxed focus, where you can think more clearly and overcome mental blocks.

Headphones are recommended

You can use this session without headphones, but to get the full benefit of the stimulation I’m about to mention you will need to be wearing headphones and on the correct way around. If your headphones aren’t clearly marked which is the left and right, this video will help you determine which is which:

This is an advanced ‘split hemisphere’ isochronic tones session, which stimulates each ear with a different beat frequency. Your right brain is stimulated within the 10 to 14Hz range, and your left brain between 10 to 20Hz, making the left more dominant. The left brain is associated with logic, analysis, maths, language, facts and reasoning, so it can be beneficial to have the left more dominant when studying or other similar mentally taxing activities.


ADD and similar disorders are often characterized by “slow-wave” EEG patterns, particularly in the left frontal region. So this track can also provide relief for ADD/ADHD symptoms by increasing the frequency of the brainwave activity in the left brain.

How should you listen to this?

You can listen to this track with your eyes open while studying, reading or doing other activities that require a higher level of concentration. You can also sit somewhere quiet and relaxing and use it as a form of mental meditation with your eyes closed.

When to listen?

It is best to use this during the daytime and early evening, but not too close to bedtime. Because this track stimulates your brain to a more alert and focused state, it’s not suitable for listening to while sleeping, as it will probably disrupt your sleep.

How Loud Should The Volume Be?

Play it at a volume level you feel comfortable with. It should be loud enough to hear the repetitive isochronic tones, but not so loud that it’s uncomfortable for you. Somewhere in the middle is my recommendation.

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  1. What about the volume? Should this be played at a low, medium, or high volume? Does it matter at all? I prefer it being low cause the music sometimes (although rarely) draws my attention. But at the same time, listening to it on higher volume helps with outside distractions.

  2. This music works better than any other music i try and i'm not sure why. In a way, it sounds annoying because i've listened to it a couple of times already though it works like a charm, keeping me focused in this small room that i lock myself in to escape all distractions. It prevents me from trying to procrastinate when ever i do lose focus.

  3. I like this music .the music stops for a second frequently .is it a part of this or i am having problem in my audio system .pls advise .

  4. I''ve been using this video since I discovered it in 2016. The effect it has on my productivity while studying is astounding. Thank you so much.

  5. why does the audio sound different than the 30 minute version it sounds like im listening to 2 of them at the same time

  6. Hey! Thank you again for your great job. Let me ask you something, do you have any video that would be more appropriate for studying languages? Or is this one the best one?

  7. how did you come to develop this? are you a neurologist? its working for me, i am an accounting major and need all the help concentrating that i can get. I am just curious.

  8. Read a 200 page book and wrote a 5 page report in 9 hours because of this video.

  9. First time ever getting tinnitus after using yesterday and today. Interesting.

  10. I wish I could give this a thousand thumbs up..While I'm working I keep feeling like Im the lead in a suspense movie…Makes me work much faster lol

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