Modern neuroscience has confirmed that the human brain is adaptive to change, and responsive to external influence and control stimuli. This versatility and malleability of the human mind have been exploited by social engineers to move people in a certain direction for whatever purpose that serves them best, and is also at the core of aggressive marketing campaigns to sell a product, or a political candidate.
Instead of allowing external stimuli to influence your behavior, why not control your own brain to maximize your own potential?
Among Aristotle’s grave mistake is the belief that imagination, thinking, and memory which compose consciousness emanate from the heart. This has been the belief of the ancient Egyptians whose Book of the Dead endorses the discarding of the brain, and the preservation of the heart at all cost.
This was not shared by earlier scientists and those of his time because some writings dating back to 1700 BC have already discussed about the brain, spinal cord and cerebral-spinal fluid.
Not all wisdom comes from high profiled personalities. Most of the times, the brightest ideas shine from the most obscure, mundane, and the most despicable recesses of our society, where the need to understand the problem exists.
- 170 B.C. – The Roman physician Galen, whose job was stitching up gladiators, made the conclusion that the human’s temperament and bodily functions are controlled by the brain. It is easy to see the validity of his assertion considering that every gladiator will always aim for the head to end the game in his favor. Without the brain the body is dead. With a fully functioning brain, the body cannot reach its full potential. Only tyrants would not want you to realize that.
- 1649 – The French philosopher René Descartes came up with the influential idea that while the brain may control the body, the mind is something intangible, distinct from the brain, where the soul and thought resides. This concept is still with us, much to the chagrin of many neuroscientists. This is of course understandable because each group wants to protect their own interests. While the former romanticizes the human mind beyond how the brain works in order to elevate the status of the human species from the rest in the animal kingdom, the latter seeks to find the ability to control the human’s ability to think and in what direction.
- 1664 – Thomas Willis published “Anatomy of the Brain,” which describes reflexes, epilepsy, apoplexy and paralysis. He used the term neurology for the first time.
- 1791 – Italian physiologist Luigi Galvani proposed that nerves operate through electricity. This is a very pivotal discovery considering the electromagnetic nature of the entire world.
- 1837 – J. E. Purkinje was the first man to describe a neuron. Somehow, we need to reduce energy into some virtual unit in order to “see” it for purposes of communication.
- 1862- Paul Broca identified the part of the brain necessary for speech, henceforth known as Broca’s area.
- 1878 – William McEwen performed the first successful modern neurosurgery.
- 1911 – Aptly named British neuroscientist Henry Head publishes “Studies in Neurology.”
- 1929 – Hans Berger invented the EEG (electroencephalography), a device that measures electrical activity in the brain. This is another milestone for the right appreciation of the human brain.
- 1932 – Lord Edgar Douglas Adrian and Sir Charles S. Sherrington won the Nobel Prize for describing how neurons transmit messages.
- 1938 – Isidor Rabi discovered nuclear magnetic resonance, facilitating the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Rabi’s discovery would go on to win the Nobel Prize in 1944.
- 1950 Karl Spencer Lashley determines that memory relies on several sites in the brain working together.
- 1970 The Society for Neuroscience was established.
- 1973 Candace Pert discovered opiate receptors in the brain.
- 1974 A mouse is the subject of the first nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) scan.
- 1974 The first Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner is invented, providing visual information about brain activity.
- 1987 Prozac is introduced. An abomination.
- 1990 George H. W. Bush declared the last decade of the 20th century as the Decade of the Brain. There weren’t any brain enhancements happening during the War of Terror.
- 1992 Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is first used to map activity in the human brain. Neuroscience booms.
As shown above, the study of neuroscience underwent and continue to advance with a variety of motivations prevalent in a particular time.
The most important thing to understand is that the brainwaves are made of electromagnetic waves propagating in space at certain frequencies which determines its “form and function,” just like every other thing in the entire world.
“Form and function” in the case of the human brain, is the mood and behavior of man at a particular brainwave frequency. When the dominant brainwave frequency varies, another mood and behavior are manifested.
To simplify our discussion about the different brainwave frequencies and their corresponding classifications, just refer to the outline below:
Infra-Low brainwaves (also known as Slow Cortical Potentials), are thought to be the basic cortical rhythms that underlie our higher brain functions. Very little is known about infra-low brainwaves. Their slow nature make them difficult to detect and accurately measure, so few studies have been done. They appear to take a major role in brain timing and network function.
Delta waves (.5 to 3 Hz)
Delta brainwaves are slow, loud brainwaves (low frequency and deeply penetrating, like a drum beat). They are generated in deepest meditation and dreamless sleep. Delta waves suspend external awareness and are the source of empathy. Healing and regeneration are stimulated in this state, and that is why deep restorative sleep is so essential to the healing process.
Theta waves (3 to 8 Hz)
Theta brainwaves occur most often in sleep but are also dominant in deep meditation. Theta is our gateway to learning, memory, and intuition. In theta, our senses are withdrawn from the external world and focused on signals originating from within. It is that twilight state which we normally only experience fleetingly as we wake or drift off to sleep. In theta we are in a dream; vivid imagery, intuition and information beyond our normal conscious awareness. It’s where we hold our ‘stuff’, our fears, troubled history, and nightmares.
Alpha waves (8 to 12 Hz)
Alpha brainwaves are dominant during quietly flowing thoughts, and in some meditative states. Alpha is ‘the power of now’, being here, in the present. Alpha is the resting state for the brain. Alpha waves aid overall mental coordination, calmness, alertness, mind/body integration and learning.
Beta waves (12 to 38 Hz)
Beta brainwaves dominate our normal waking state of consciousness when attention is directed towards cognitive tasks and the outside world. Beta is a ‘fast’ activity, present when we are alert, attentive, engaged in problem solving, judgment, decision making, or focused mental activity.
Beta brainwaves are further divided into three bands; Lo-Beta (Beta1, 12-15Hz) can be thought of as a ‘fast idle’, or musing. Beta (Beta2, 15-22Hz) is high engagement or actively figuring something out. Hi-Beta (Beta3, 22-38Hz) is highly complex thought, integrating new experiences, high anxiety, or excitement. Continual high frequency processing is not a very efficient way to run the brain, as it takes a tremendous amount of energy.
Gamma waves (38 to 42 Hz)
Gamma brainwaves are the fastest of brain waves (high frequency, like a flute), and relate to simultaneous processing of information from different brain areas. Gamma brainwaves pass information rapidly and quietly. The most subtle of the brainwave frequencies, the mind has to be quiet to access gamma.
Gamma was dismissed as ‘spare brain noise’ until researchers discovered it was highly active when in states of universal love, altruism, and the ‘higher virtues’. Gamma is also above the frequency of neuronal firing, so how it is generated remains a mystery. It is speculated that gamma rhythms modulate perception and consciousness, and that a greater presence of gamma relates to expanded consciousness and spiritual emergence.
Recognizing the importance of maintaining these frequencies in optimum balance is critical to neurohealthcare. Being able to maintain a calm disposition, in spite of a stressful experience, wins the game. The best decision and great creative inspirations owing from broader perspectives are far more effectively entertained in a truly relaxed and perceptive mind.
On the other hand, instabilities in brain rhythms could result to compulsive, obsessive, and aggressive behavior to rage, as well health conditions like, migraine, bipolarity, vertigo, epilepsy, hypoglycaemia and diabetes, panic, narcolepsy, etc., the end result of which is low, degraded performance in this highly competitive world. Brain training can correct all of these instabilities and make one a better person.
You can now do that safely right in the comfort of your own home through a device that supports neurofeedback principles that exploit the neuroplasticity of the human brain.
NeuroSweep® Advantages and Benefits
NeuroSweep® features five (5) standard waveforms, i.e. sine wave, square wave, triangle wave, sawtooth waves [forward and reverse], as well as 16 CES premodulated waveforms, which you can readily use right off the bat.
What separates NeuroSweep® from all its predecessors is its ability to sweep across the entire frequency bandwidth of a given brainwave, e.g. 12 to 38 Hz for Beta waves, and the possibility to use arbitrary frequency, or set of frequencies for research purposes. That is why devices like what is being showcased here are employed in the world of sports and all other brain intensive activities.
The beauty of using this device compared to chemical modalities is that it leaves no long term side-effects from toxic chemicals that harm your brain and body. While the treatment is restricted from 20 to 40 minutes a day, but the effects usually last beyond 24 hours. In most cases, you don’t even need to do it every day because your mind do remember the frequency and just play by itself without external intervention for days.
Mind training is the same as muscle training, whereby every cell under stress responds accordingly by replicating more cells to increase mass and strength in anticipation of more stress. Imagine how far one can go with mind training that reinforces our aspirations and desires.
With NeuroSweep® you are not limited to a single set of waveform and frequency, but is free to choose that which you believe to be precisely applicable to your situation, as you venture into your own journey in the wonderful world of NeuroScience.
Again, the mind can be programmed and controlled, and it is only a matter of choosing who will do it for you.