What? When you’re doing automatic tasks, your brain produces theta waves. These create a detachment of mind from body, which can enhance recall.
Harness them for... Preparing a speech Create a high theta state with a 30-minute walk around a repetitive route, says neuroscientist Professor Øyvind Ellingsen. Straight after is ideal for fact-cramming.
What? These aid learning, sweeping from your brain’s thalamus, linking new thoughts with memories.
Harness them for... Learning fresh skills Boost learning skills or prepare for new tasks with binaural beats – synchronised tones played in stereo – to induce gamma waves. Try Binaural Beat Brainwave Subliminal Systems (79p, amazon.co.uk).