Brainwave Frequencies Reference Chart

The chart below outlines the major categories of human brainwave functioning and their associated mental states and processes.

Brainwave pattern Brainwave Cycles Per Second Mental states & associated processes
GAMMA 30Hz to 60Hz or 40Hz to 99Hz*** There continues to be some disagreement in regards to where GAMMA Starts (30 Hz or 40Hz) *** Compassion, Empathy, Decision making under stress, higher brain functioning and processes, influences sensory organization processing and integration. believed to strongly influence the organization and interpretation of sensory data. Believed to have a strong impact on social consciousness and right and wrong. Enhanced self awareness and insight. GAMMA frequencies are found naturally in higher amounts in long term practitioners of various forms of meditation. Believed to enhance the ability to achieve goals. Improves clarity of thought and believed to improve intuition.
BETA 13Hz to 30 or 12Hz to 39Hz Wide awake – sensory motor awareness. Focused and alert, analytical thinking, learning new information quickly, complex mental processing. Usually associated with peak mental and physical performance. Also associated with stress and anxiety. Can be used to enhance the absorption and processing of new information.
ALPHA 8Hz to 12Hz Associated with lighter meditative states. associated with super learning. More relaxed. Relaxed yet alert but not necessarily engaged in active processing. Ready to respond, positive thinking, creative problem solving. Mod elevations, stress reduction, enhanced creativity, bridges the consciousness with the unconscious mind, better access to resources involved in creativity, can be a source of motivation and inspiration.
THETA 4Hz to 7.5Hz Dream state, creative inspirations, hypnogogic state, enhanced visualization, deep meditation, sleep spindles, deep relaxation, inner peace and sense of well being, long term memory. Believed to increase inner wisdom, enhanced intuition, reduce stress and transformational help for limiting beliefs. May negatively affect attention disorders such ADD and ADHD
DELTA .6 Hz to 3.5 Hz Deep sleep, no dreams, physical healing and recuperation, healing of the limbic system, may positively improve symptoms of PTSD, empathy. Believed to help with inner growth and wisdom, recovery from trauma
SUB DELTA .1 HZ to .5Hz Positive effect on the limbic system, healing, believed to be the source of deep inner wisdom peace and divine knowledge