I am the CEO of Brain.fm, and we’re making music that could eventually replace ADHD meds, AMA!
Hey Reddit! I’m Daniel Clark, CEO of Brain.fm. We use AI to generate music specifically to help people focus, relax and sleep, backed by science. In particular, our popular Focus music is useful for people who must get through a lot of work without distraction, procrastination, or boredom.
ADHD affects over 8M adults in the U.S. alone, with current solutions causing near-epidemic growth of prescription stimulants. An additional 4M do not meet all the criteria to be diagnosed with ADHD, so they can’t be prescribed medication and have no convenient alternatives for treatment.
Recently, Brain.fm received a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct further research and validate our music as a non-invasive therapeutic tool to help people who suffer from inattention, regardless of whether they meet diagnostic criteria for ADHD. This music is uniquely designed to impact neural oscillations to aid sustained attention to a task. Brain.fm is the only company of its kind to date to receive this sort of recognition from the government.
Today, I’m doing this AMA with support from our Director of Science, Kevin J.P. Woods, PhD, to formally announce the grant we received from the NSF, and to drive awareness of our platform to people who need it! We’re both long-time Redditors, so we’re super pumped to chat with you all today, ask us anything!
EDIT: We’re getting a lot of questions around our scientific claims. We wanted to clarify that this AMA is to announce our NSF grant and share our excitement around our ongoing research, rather than announcing the publication of a journal article (which would come at the end of the grant). Also, wanted to clarify we are not trying to replace medication but on the track to potentially becoming an alternative for many people--if you have ADHD, I am not claiming that you should stop your current treatment, or that we have the cure, but we are excited for the future and want to share where we are headed.
EDIT #2: Hey everyone we’re signing off now (3:30p EST). It has been a lot of fun chatting with you and hearing your questions and your feedback! Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you have more questions. To the future! 🚀