The Intelligence Division
The State of Your Brain
You can enhance your brain's
power by being in the right state for learning. 'State' refers to the mental
and physical condition of your body-mind. Are your thoughts drifting and
jumping all over the place? Are you focused on one idea or task? Are your
muscles tense? Is your breathing fast? Are you relaxed and breathing calmly?
For learning, the best state to be in is one in which your body is relaxed
and your brain-mind is alert and focused.
This state is
technically called the alpha brainwave state. Alpha refers to the speed,
or frequency, of the electrical impulses in your brain. Researchers have
named four brainwave frequencies, from high to low; beta, alpha, theta
and delta. Alpha is a state between what is generally called your conscious
(beta) and your subconscious (theta) states. Alpha is that state between
waking and sleeping. You're in alpha when you're visualizing, imagining
or daydreaming in a calm, relaxed state.
To help you put
your brain-mind into this power learning alpha state, here are five areas
of concern to assist your brain empowerment program.
(sound, light, temperature, and seating)
Emotional stimuli (motivation,
persistence, responsibility, conformity, and internal or external structure)
Social needs (learning
alone, in a pair, as part of a small group, with an authoritative or collegial
adult, in a variety of ways, or in a consistent pattern)
(perceptual modalities, food or liquid intake, time-of-day energy levels,
inclinations - either global (right side of brain) or analytic (left side
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