Brainwaves and learning
The brain produces four main types of brain waves, operating at different frequencies and shown by EEG readings. These are namely: Beta, Alpha, Theta & Delta The slower the brain frequency the faster the learning. In theta learning can be 1 times as much and in alpha as much as 20 times to absorb information. Different states bring with them different advantages and so it is often to practice a mixture of them all for optimal learning I have developed the exercises to help attain these separate specific brain waves and states. These can then be added together as you desire. All four at once is quite an experience! Beta Brain Waves (13-30 cycles per second). The fastest, representing the most intense state of alertness. The result of heightened mental activity. Maximum mind power. All five external senses, logical mind, memory from the five senses & logical thinking. Exercise: Become hyper aware of your 5 senses, notice what you can smell, the taste in your mouth, what your hands are touching, become acutely aware of what you hear and see. Having done this you will know that you are in beta due to the intense external input and the total lack of awareness of your body, feelings or sensations. Alpha Brain Waves (8 to 12 cycles per second) This brain wave indicates a relaxed state of mind.. State of relaxed alertness, good for inspiration and learning facts fast. A meditative mind. In this state tap into internal “antenna” like qualities. Visions, powerful ideas, mindless creation of the incredible. Internal feeling & sensations. Exercise: Try first with your eyes open & then repeat it with your eyes closed. Take a deep breath, hold it and notice the sensations as your heart beats three times, relax & breath out — repeat 3X. Breathe in and out slowly to a count of 4, as you do so notice how your body feels —relaxed & warm. Theta Brain Waves (4 to 8 cycles per second) Deep meditation. Deep inward thought. This is associated with life-like imagination. High state of mental concentration. A magical mind. Internal pictures / visualisation. Intuition, inner guidance. Access to unconscious material. Dreaming. Exercise: do this after the alpha brain wave exercise. Close your eyes and visualise a sacred cup where your heart is (or another object of your choice) hold this picture for several minutes. Breathe in and out slowly. Delta Brain Waves (0.5 to 4 cycles per second) Deep dreamless sleep. Deep relaxation. State of oneness, whole body feeling. Pure being & will. Exercise: do this after the other exercises, become aware & notice a warm sensation in your heart, now this sensation flow down and then spread out until it fills all of your body — one sensation. Using CDs to access the brainwave states and improve learning There several companies who produce CDs for different states normally in combination or for specific purposes e.g. concentration, relaxation, creativity, “Einsteinian like thinking”, etc. These are useful to obtain the desired states when you need to do something but cannot get yourself in the desired state and also to train the brain and body so you can whenever you want to. Please see references at the end of the essay for more information.
IMPORTANT HEALTH WARNING! One manufacturer (Brain Sound Studio TM) recommends that their studio and therefore by inference the binaural sounds should not be used by pregnant women,those using a pacemaker, and those who have had or are prone to seizures or are epileptic.
What is the best combination for learning?
Studies have shown that learning in Alpha State enhances the performance of students. It also develops the interest of studies in students more than if they have had to learned in a tense environment. Frequent gaps of 2 to 3 minutes after every 30 minute study period relaxes their minds and the alpha state will prove its efficiency with great ease and fun.Breath work can help to quickly access the alpha state. But learning is more than just absorbing information, so changing the state of mind to operate Beta, Alpha and Theta is most likely to produce the best learning, cognition and creativity, while also staying in a relaxed state.