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Therapeutic Technique Produces Music for the Brain

Brain Music Produced Through Series of Mathematical Formulas

By Denise Dador

August 9, 2007 - When you're stressed out your brain produces waves at a certain frequency that can be measured. A local psychologist decided she'd take those brain waves and turn them into music.

Brain Music

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Therapeutic Technique Produces Music for the Brain: Brain Music Produced Through Series of Mathematical Formulas

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Routine landings happen everyday, but a plane trip is an extraordinary event for 51 year-old Dorothy Rinker.

For the first time in 20 years, she flew all by herself.

"I felt happy I said oh I did it. I really did it. It was a good experience," says Rinker.

Dorothy suffers agoraphobia. A fear of being in inescapable, panicky situations. Last year, she could barely leave her house.

"A year ago I was sitting on my couch thinking my life is over. If this is how I am going to live the rest of my life, this is really sad. The way I was with all of the drugs and sitting there and not being able to do anything," adds Rinker.

Anti-anxiety medications didn't work. So what finally helped Dorothy get on a plane? Listening to the music of her brain.

Psychologist Dr. Orli Peter used a special device to record Dorothy's brain waves.

Peter says at all times our brains send out frequencies.

"There's a cacophany of sounds it's not regulated it's not organized," says Dr. Peter.

Brain music therapy originated 16 years ago at the Moscow Medical academy.

Neuropsychiatrist Gallina Mindlin first introduced it to American audiences two years ago.

Using the same equipment, Dr. Peter ran Dorothy's brain waves through a series of mathematical formulas to get the music.

Three weeks later, Dorothy receives her own original composition.

"When your brain actually hears it's own unique way of relaxing. It relaxes quicker and more efficiently," says Dr. Peter.

The cost runs $550 to $1,100. While Dr. Peter says she's seen an 85 percent success rate in her practice, she's the first to admit it doesn't work for everyone.

Dorothy says she's never felt this optimistic and empowered in years. Besides flying home to Phoenix, she's setting her sights on new heights.

"Who knows? I may go to Europe. Ha, ha, ha!," says Rinker.

And for the first time in a long time, her spirits are soaring.

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Orli Peter, Ph.D., BCIA-EEG
Diplomate, American Board of Psychological Specialties
Director and Founder, Center for Accelerated Psychology
Licensed Psychologist