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Entrainment Theory

In physics, entrainment theory is the process where two vibrating objects, vibrating at different speeds when they are separate - start to vibrate at the same speed when they are bought close to each other or connected in some way.

The object with the faster vibration slows down, and the slower one speeds up.

Christian Huygens, an important physicist, created the term 'entrainment' when he noticed that two pendulum clocks close together had begun to swing with the same rhythm. Later experiments duplicated this process.

The explanation for this phenomenon is that very small amounts of energy are transferred between the two objects when their vibrations or frequencies are not the same. The energy transfer forces the to objects to start vibrating at the same speed.

The principles of entrainment theory are universal, they show up in chemistry, neurology, biology, pharmacology, medicine, astronomy and more.

Huygens worked on and observed the effects of entrainment on mechanical systems like his clock experiments.

Entrainment Theory for regular people

The specialty of this web site is to focus on how entrainment can benefit those looking for radical success, self improvement along with affirmations.

In other words - entrainment theory in relation to human beings.

One of the first experiments with entrainment in the field of living things was done by French physicist de Mairan, who in 1729 first recognized and studied 'photic entrainment' - a response to the cycle of light and dark - in plants.

Experiments with entrainment on different kinds of animals have shown several examples of entrainment between individual animals. For instance crickets will chirp in unison and fireflies will flash at the same time.

So, although the effects of entrainment can be seen in various forms in the higher animals, and in particular by humans, entrainment at one level or another can be observed in all animal and plant species.

Considering how it appears all over, it is obvious that entrainment is important in the world of all creatures great & small.

A huge amount of research has been done regarding entrainment and living things Some have gone so far as to state that entrainment appears to be essential to life itself.

One scientist has discovered that a very simple bacteria has a 'circadian rhythm'. (A 24hr cycle apparent in all living things.)

Others have suggested that any living thing is simply a bunch of closely connected vibrating machines.

In human beings, the cycles that affect everyone have been studied and continue to be studied. For example the human body as a variation in temperature that changes over a 24hr period.

A very important part of research in developing entrainment theory is to identify which body rhythms entrain which particular stimulus. These studies show how incredibly complex human systems are.

The way entrainment affects health can be seen in situations where stable rhythms are connected to good health. For instance a healthy body has a healthy heart beat.

An unhealthy body is often associated with an irregular heart beat. When this happens the body can be benefited to large degree with a pacemaker which entrains the heartbeat. Pacemakers keep many people alive.

Brainwaves are a different matter. A brain is a chaotic thing which varies in frequency all the time.

The method of detecting electrical rhythms of the brain through the scalp was first discovered in 1875 when the basics developed by Richard Caton were evolved into EEG (electroencephalography) by Hans Berger in the 1920's.

Berger observed and categorized five different ranges of brain wave frequencies.

In spite of the limits of EEG technology it has been very obvious since the time of Berger that EEG's reflect certain mental states.

In the early days of EEG research it was also discovered that some of the alpha and beta waves could be synchronized – entrained – to the
frequency of an external, bright strobe light stimulus.

British neurosurgeon Gray Walter was the first to publish that when he entrained subjects at specific frequencies they began to experience altered states. These subjects reported a sense of peacefulness, visions, and various sensations.

In due course it scientists realized that not only strobe lights but also rhythmic tones could create such states.

It is here that entrainment theory becomes practical. When we combine the theory with a specific goal, affirmations become supercharged success missiles flying into your receptive brain to be lived out by your subconscious automatically.

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