Monica Barratt, RMIT University; Alexia Maddox, RMIT University; Jenny L. Davis, Australian National University, and Naomi Smith, Federation University Australia

You might have seen online or heard about “binaural beats”, which have been described as “digital drugs”.

Listening to binaural beats has been claimed to help with sleep, stress, anxiety and cognition, and there’s much discussion online about whether or not they can cause a “high” similar to drugs.

But what actually are they? And what’s the evidence for beneficial or mood-altering effects?
What Are Binaural Beats?
The perceptual phenomenon of binaural beats was discovere...

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