Reading your brainwaves

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Reading your brainwaves

In our last blog, we told you all about brain waves – but what if you could actually see brain waves working their magic?

While at the New Scientist live event we learnt all about the simplest method for doing this – an EEG, which stands for Electroencephalography. This measures voltage fluctuations from ionic current flows within the neurons of the brain. In simpler, less technical terms, it records the electrical patterns in your brain. By using an EEG, it is possible to see which brain waves you are emitting, whether it is an alpha or a gamma for example, as each brain wave works at a different frequency. Those who are incredibly experienced in meditation are often able to induce more alpha waves as they have the ability to relax their minds. Now that would be a power worth harnessing!

What is the point of this? By being able to see your state of relaxation and focus, you can learn to induce it yourself. Athletes have started to use the technology as their best performances come in these states. Famously Kobe Bryant and Lebron James use meditation to relax and calm their mind before hitting the basketball court. No matter what you do, though, understanding your brain waves will help you to relax and to perform to a higher standard.

Want to learn more? Get down to New Scientist Live at Excel this weekend for that and much more…