Scientific researches proving Silva Method

In the beginning, Jose Silva was all alone in his research.

The first scientist who came to Laredo, Texas, to investigate the research that Silva was doing was Dr. J.W. Hahn, director of the Mind Science Foundation in San Antonio, Texas.

Through Dr. Hahn, many more scientists became interested in the pioneering research into the mind and human potential.

In fact, Dr. Hahn took the first step that led to Jose Silva's mind training system being taught to the public for the very first time.

Since then, mainstream science have explained practically every bit of the Silva Method techniques.

Independent scientific studies have since demonstrated that alpha brain wave activity is associated with inner levels of mental activity, tranquillity, rest, inspiration, accelerated healing, creativity, intuition, learning and memory.


Persons who have taken the Silva courses report a sensation of deep relaxation and a belief that they can control their brain waves. These claims were tested in 1971 by Dr. F. J. Bremner, psychologist at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. It appeared that people trained in this way can indeed control their brain waves and produce Alpha rhythm when they choose to do so.


There was a relationship demonstrated between the onset of alpha rhythm in the EEG, the subject’s unique subjective feeling, and the subject’s verbal response that he or she was at a particular state of attention


Results indicated a significant increase in the median values of alpha power in the occipital and temporal areas of the brain while the research subjects were in a state of “dynamic meditation.”


More than 1,100 Silva Method graduates who responded to the survey indicated that they had received more benefits than they had sought when they attended the course. Dr. Hahn reported that 99.6 percent of the respondents were satisfied with the course.

Dr. J.W. Hahn


The results show that ‘sceptics’ who take the Silva course attain the same achievements as those whose expectations were high... The Silva Method can reduce the level of anxiety and make it possible to attain achievements beyond the participants’ expectations of success in the course.

Rafael Liberman


The results confirm the hypothesis that the stable anxiety level of the participants on finishing the course and at the next stage will be significantly less than the stable anxiety level at the beginning of the same. Both “state anxiety” and “trait anxiety” levels were improved significantly. Follow-up studies showed that improvement continues the most when participants continue to practice.

George T. DeSau, Ed.D., and Paul Seawell

The individuals tested appear to be moving away from any indication of neurotic disorders and toward greater self-guidance, fulfilment, and balance based on their own internal points of reference. The researchers said that, “this shift appears significant indeed.”

George T. DeSau, Ed.D

2640 participants from 3 different schools (Hallahan High School; St. Fidelis High School; Lawrenceville High School). After the course students reported themselves as being more relaxed and tranquil, the course reducted guilt.


The students who had learned the Three Fingers Technique improved their test scores nine percentage points — or 17 percent — from one term to the next, while the control group actually dropped one point over the same period.


With only 30 minutes of class time devoted to learning how to enter the alpha level and use the Three Fingers Technique, almost every one of the 15 college students felt the exercise was helpful, and more than half the students felt that they obtained specific benefits in reducing test anxiety and improving test performance.


Results indicate that 67.7 percent of the subjects improved their IQ classification. There was also a significant improvement in personality traits such as sociability, communication, confidence, self-acceptance, improved self-image, self-reliance, development of creativity, and others. “Therefore, it can be stated that the practice of the Silva techniques contributes to the improvement of academic performance."

George T. DeSau, Ed.D., and Hector M. Cantu, M.S.W.

Six months after completion of the BLS, 12 of the 15 alcoholics had had no alcohol in the interim. One had taken a glass of wine and stopped. One had twice started drinking but managed to stop without becoming intoxicated to the point of requiring hospitalization. One required hospitalization for excessive drinking of alcohol


Test data revealed that the participants — 60 single mothers on welfare — showed marked improvement in every category except Remembrance and Insight from Dreams.” Within a few weeks of completing the BLS, 40 of the 60 women gained employment.


This research was done to measure the influence of the Silva Method in personality variables of 200 people. The subjects who took the course were more open and communicative than the members of the control group. Four months after the BLS, in the follow-up phase, the difference between the two groups increased.


This research was done to measure the influence of the Silva Method in personality variables of 200 people. The subjects who took the course were more open and communicative than the members of the control group. Four months after the BLS, in the follow-up phase, the difference between the two groups increased.

Clancy D. McKenzie MD, Lance S. Wright MD

Improvement was observed in all of the patients, with the exception of two, one of whom it did not help and the other worsened due to factors not associated with the Silva training. An efficient use of the control of dreams was also achieved to help correct problems. The course was found to be safe and potentially beneficial for neurotics. It was relatively safe and definitely beneficial for the highly disturbed individual, when under the care of a psychiatrist familiar with the program. Both clinical and objective psychological data show that the benefits far outweigh any negative effect.”


This research was done to show the effects of the Silva Method in the changing of inadequate behaviour (aggression, rebelliousness, lack of discipline) in children with positive results.

Dr. Milena de Munoz, Dr. Gloria Nelly Martinez.


A group of 39 professors of the School of Dentistry of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico who attended a Silva course at the same University, were the research subjects. Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) was administered before and after the Silva course. The course led to an increase in self-confidence, the subjects became more optimistic and felt more useful. Susceptibility, fear and apprehensions decreased. A disposition towards extroversion, becoming more open and sociable  was noted.

J.W. Hahn, Ph.D., Chaplain Gene M. Little, Ph.D., and Ed Bernd Jr.

None of the 14 participants in the program had gotten into any trouble after completing the BLS, and that the inmates themselves reported that they were much more relaxed, and their grades in the high school and college courses were improving.

Miguel Bautista M.D.

50 percent reduction in use of chemical anaesthetic. 90 percent elimination of pain during the 72 hours following the operation.

Mikolasek, Berg, Witt, Barth

"(...)mindfulness- and relaxation-based eHealth interventions for medical conditions can have positive effects on health outcomes. Therefore, such interventions might be a useful addition to standard medical care."

Meagan B MacKenzie,
Nancy L Kocovski

There is consistent empirical evidence in support of using MBCT to decrease the risk of depressive relapse.