Sunday, 15 January 2017

Vasanth Nagulakonda

Brain waves for altering your moods. Modern way of meditation.

Brain waves: Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta.

Our brain is made up of billions of brain cells called neurons, which utilize electricity to communicate with each other. The synergy of millions of neurons sending signals at once creates a huge amount of electrical activity in the brain, which can be observed using sensitive medical equipment (such as an EEG), assessing electricity levels over areas of the scalp. The mix of the electrical activity of the brain is commonly called a Brainwave pattern, because of its cyclic, 'wave-like' phenomena. Our mind regulates its activities by means of electric waves which are registered in the brain, emitting tiny electrochemical impulses of varied frequencies, which can be recorded by an electroencephalogram. These brainwaves are known as:
  1. Beta emitted when we are consciously alert, or we feel agitated, tense, afraid, with frequencies ranging from 13 to 60 pulses per second in the Hertz scale.
  2. Alpha when we are in a state of physical and mental relaxation, although aware of what is happening around us, its frequency are around 7 to 13 pulses per second.
  3. Theta more or less 4 to 7 pulses, it is a state of somnolence with reduced consciousness.
  4. Delta when there is unconsciousness, deep sleep or catalepsy, emitting between 0.1 and 4 cycles per second.
In general, we are accustomed to using the beta brain rhythm. When we diminish the brain rhythm to alpha, we put ourselves in the ideal condition to learn new information, keep fact, data, perform elaborate tasks, learn languages, analyze complex situations. Meditation, relaxation exercises, and activities that enable the sense of calm, also enable this alpha state. According to neuroscientists, analysing electroencephalograms of people submitted to tests in order to research the effect of decreasing the brain rhythm, the attentive relaxation or the deep relaxation, produce significant increases in the levels of beta-endorphin, noroepinephrine and dopamine, linked to feelings of enlarged mental clarity and formation of remembrances, and that this effect lasts for hours and even days. It is an ideal state for synthetic thought and creativity, the proper functions of the right hemisphere. As it is easy for the hemisphere to create images, to visualize, to make associations, to deal with drawings, diagrams, and emotions, as well as the use of good-humor and pleasure, learning is better absorbed if these elements are added to the study methods. In modern days brain waves could be means of altering moods.