1. What is “Music
of the Brain”?
“Music of the Brain” is a highly efficient method of treatment
for patients that suffered from different neurological and psychiatric
diseases as well as for increasing adaptive potential in healthy people.
The method is based on listening to the music that has been individually
recorded by transforming of the bioelectrical activity of the patient’s
brain (EEG) into music.
2. How is “Music
of the Brain” recorded?
“Music of the Brain” is recorded by using specially designed
The electrodes are applied on a patient’s head and a 5-minute
recording of the EEG is administered. During this time the patient
is awake and relaxed with his/her eyes closed.
As well as the EEG recording, psychological tests are also provided
in order to evaluate patient’s sleep quality and the patient’s
personality. Then the recorded EEG is transformed into “music”
by specially designed computer algorithm, which was invented in 1991
by Dr. Y.Levine, M.D., D.Sc., Professor of Neurology. The music is
then placed onto CD or audiocassette and the patient will listen to
it according to individual recommendations from one of the “Music
of the Brain” specialists.
3. Is it possible
to record “Music of the Brain” at home?
Yes, it is possible when a specialist arrives to your home with all
the necessary equipment.
4. What does “Music
of the Brain” do?
It is still not completely clear how Music of the Brain works, but
it is safe to say that it is a combination of biofeedback, music therapy
and resonance therapy, which is the process when brain “recognizes”
its own oscillations and as a result, the functional state of the
5. Has it been proven
that “Music of the Brain” is effective?
Yes, it has been proven by research that was conducted during the
period of time between 1992 and 1998. International standards were
applied to this research. The leading specialists from Moscow, St.-Petersburg
(Russia) and Lions (France) were involved in this research.
The method has been helpful in thousands people.
6. Do any medical authorities
approve of this method?
Yes, this method officially approved and allowed to be used by the
Ministry of Health of Russian Federation. Certificate # 223. February
7. In which countries
besides Russia do doctors use this method to help people?
Music of the Brain is widely used in France, Switzerland, Italy and
8. What “Music
of the Brain” sounds like?
There are wide variations in style and rhythms in different people.
Some times it sounds like Mozart, some times Skriabin or Shnitke.
9. If individual “Music
of the Brain” sounds unpleasant or disturbing to the patient,
will it be helpful anyways?
Our research showed that Music of the Brain is helpful despite the
individual’s musical preferences.
10. Is it possible
to record “Music of the Brain” that is conducted by other
instruments, not only piano?
Yes, it is possible and depends on your preferences, but clinical
efficiency has been proven for piano recordings only.
it be easier to just use pre-recorded classical or pop music for treatment
instead of “Music of the Brain”?
Possibly it would be easier, but it is proven that Music of the Brain
is a lot more effective.
12. Is there only
one track recorded?
No, there are two tracks of music recorded for listening to: Relaxing
and Activating. Each of which is listened to accordance to an individual
13. How frequently
can the activating track of “Music of the Brain” may be
used? Wouldn’t too frequent usage of it initialize overexcitement
of the brain?
“Activating” track should be used in accordance with recommendations
from Music of the Brain specialist.
14. Could the “Music
of the Brain” initiate unpleasant feelings or side effects?
For the period of 8 years we have not seen any side effects from “Music
of the Brain” in all of 3000 people who have been treated with
the “Music of the Brain”.
15. Is it hard to
wake up in the morning if “Music of the Brain” was listened
to in the evening the previous day?
The morning awakening is much easier if “Music of the Brain”
was listened in the evening on the day before. There are no indications
of flaccid or weakness. Furthermore, listening to the “activating”
track in the morning apparently amplify and prolong good spirit and
will keep it through the rest of the day.
16. Isn’t it
dangerous, that the brain is “talking” to itself when
“Music of the Brain” is being listened to?
No, because the indication for use of “Music of the Brain”are
for people who do not have organic damages of the brain.
17. Isn’t it
This is absolutely impossible, because the procedure is conducted
by well-trained specialists who have the right to work with your EEG
only. Investigations show that “Music of the Brain” does
not affect sleep quality in people who do not have any sleep problems.
18. Is “Music
of the Brain” helpful in children with enuresis?
Yes, it is. There has been a study conducted, that showed these capabilities
in such children in conjunction with psychotherapy and without taking
19. Does “Music
of the Brain” help people who are suffered from Parkinson disease?
Yes, “Music of the Brain” improves symptoms of the Parkinson
disease such as constraint and hypo kinesis as well as decreases degree
of depression, which is very common in patients with Parkinson disease.
20. How does “Music
of the Brain” affect sexual life?
It has positive effect on sexual ability by normalizing sleep and
decreasing degree of depression.
21. Is “Music
of the Brain” useful for students who are under stress during
Yes. One of our first investigations was done on students that were
preparing for exams.
We selected those students who used to procrastinate. All the students
were “C” – “B” average students. All
of them passed their tests by one letter- grade higher (in average)
then they usually did. We deliberately selected not “A”-students,
because other wise we could not see an improvement.
22. Is it helpful
to listen to the “Music of the Brain” before a stressful
situation that I am going to be involved in?
Yes. We highly recommend it to people who are doing their job in the
circumstances of restricted time table as well as to sportsmen.
23. Could it be possible
that “Music of the Brain” would increase work capacity
or increase creativity potential?
Yes, it has been proven that “Music of the Brain” increases
the work capacity and creativity potential.
24. Can I use “Music
of the Brain”if I am currently being treated by other methods
such as taking medications etc?
The method “Music of the Brain” is fully compatible with
all other methods of treatment including pharmacological ones. We
often combine our method with medications in patients with deep depression
or sever anxiety.
25. Will the use of
“Music of the Brain” decrease the dose of expensive psychotic
As we observed the doses of psychotic drugs in combinations with “Music
of the Brain” could be decreased by half.
26. Can “Music
of the Brain” completely replace all medications?
Yes, it is possible, but not in all cases.
27. Is “Music
of the Brain” helpful in “jet-lack” syndrome?
Yes, we have very promising evidence in people who are affected by
28. Is “Music
of the Brain” helping people who work night shifts?
Yes, because listening to the “activating” music allows
a person to work more actively during shift-based work. At the same
time “relaxing” music is helpful in recuperative process
after the night shift.
29. Is “Music
of the Brain” decreasing meteopathy?
Yes, but very little.
30. Is “Music
of the Brain” improving appetite?
We don’t have any data regarding this particular application,
but some people who were in the process of weight loss while being
treated with “Music of the Brain” for different purposes,
mentioned that “Music of the Brain” has helped them to
reach their dieting goal.
31. Does “Music
of the Brain” affect dream type? Do they become brighter, more
boring or do they disappear completely?
During treatment of patients suffered from sleep disorders
with “Music of the Brain”, the structure of sleep is normalizes,
REM is restored. That means that if patient was suffering from horror
dreams before treatment, they could disappear.
32. Will the erotic
dreams appear after listening to the “Music of the Brain”?
If patient has psychological sexual disorders with prominent anxiety,
depression or sleep disorders, they can eliminate them by listening
to “Music of the Brain” and as a consequence they improve
33. Is it possible
to control dreams and dream what ever you want?
No, this is not possible yet.
34. What kind of personality
types are better treated by “Music of the Brain”?
The “Music of the Brain” works equally well for all people,
but using recommendations is individual.
35. How long is each
session? How many sessions are needed per day? How long is the entire
Duration of one session varies from 5 to 12 minutes for “relaxing”
music and 50 sec to 3 min for activating music and depends on the
type of EEG. The number of times that person listens per day is determined
by the EEG analysis and by the psychological tests results, which
are performed just prior to the EEG recording. The duration of the
course also varies from one listening (for healthy people), to one-month
for people who have suffered from depression, anxiety and drug addiction.
36. In the case of
unexpected emotional stress, is it O.K. to add an extra listening
Yes, and we always mention it in our recommendations.
37. What body position
is better for listening to “Music of the Brain”?
Any comfortable position for you is OK, but when you listen to the
“relaxing” music just before going to sleep, it is better
to be already in the bed.
You can listen to “Music of the Brain” while walking or
being seated to prepare for a stressful situation or during sports
competitions whenever headphones are available.
38. Can I do anything
else while listening to the “Music of the Brain”?
It is not recommended to do so, except walking in moderate speed.
39. What way is best
for listening to the “Music of the Brain”: by using headphones
or through the stereo system?
It is better to use headphones, because it can disturb other people
if you use the stereo system. But if you are alone during this time,
you can use the stereo system.
40. How long will
effect of the “Music of the Brain” last after treatment
by “Music of the Brain” has been completed?
Usually the effect of the “Music of the Brain” after treatment
has been completed is lasts about 4-6 months, but in some cases it
could be up to 3 years. In most situations it depends on problem that
was treated by the music.
41. Can I listen to
the “Music of the Brain” not as recommended by MBI specialist,
but irregularly, from time to time?
Yes. We even recommend doing this to healthy people who are
performing their tough work from time to time. They listen to the
music when they need to get prepared for difficult work, or to quickly
restore their strength.
42. How often is a
new recording needed?
We recommend to repeat the recording after 2-6 months following the
first appointment. The second record is final, and is not necessary
to repeat it, but in some cases we do third and forth recording if
the patient asks us.
43. Will every single
track participate in “the Best Music of the Brain” competition?
Everybody may send his or her own “Music of the Brain”
to the competition, but referees are not composed yet. We hope that
we could attract a real professional musicians who would be able to