Different scientific studies around neurotechnologies discuss the relationship between the brain and mind power and the methods one can use to influence the brain (and your mind).
All these studies focus on one conclusion: increased brain stimulation in an enriched environment produces not only a growth in size and weight of the cortex but completely alters and enriches the quality of the entire cerebral cortex.
Human performance in all areas can be deliberately improved through environmental, biochemical, and psychophysiological manipulation of the brain and mind.
Considering that the brain is the physical, the biochemical organ and part of our body and the mind is the immaterial part of our body, a psychic organ that is attached to the human soul, there is indeed more and more evidence that both organs are interconnected.
As neuroscientists have found through different neurotechnologies, the mind has a profound influence upon the brain, the nervous system, the body, and all organs and glands.
The physical and the psychic are linked so closely together that one does not function without the other.
The brain is a complex part of the body with a continuous neurological activity, it's part of the overall human nervous system, composed of the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.
The brain is made of billions of nerve cells or neurons which communicate with each other by releasing chemicals or electrical impulses, called neurotransmitters.
These chemicals or impulses travel through root-like structures, called dendrites.
Dendrites brand out and seek connections with neighboring neurons at junctures called synapses.
By specific neurotechnologies it is found that the more dendrite and synapses you have and the denser their thicket of interconnections, the greater your brainpower.
The theory is that every time we perceive something, a unique network of neurons gets activated.
Each connection does not disappear or return to its original state. Instead these connections become more solidly and intricately intertwined.
So, keep in mind for now that your brain needs a lot of stimuli to "grow."
Neurotechnologies can help us understand this.
The development of the brain and its interaction with the mind could be understood by studying the effect of music on humans, Moises Gaviria, Professor of Neuropsychiatry, University of Chicago, said January 17, 2004.
Dr. Gaviria was delivering the 18th K.Gopalakrishna Endowment Lecture, organised by the K.Gopalakrishna Department of Neurology, Voluntary Health Services.
The lecture marked the inauguration of the International Neuropsychiatry Association - India Symposium.
Music played an important role in the evolution of the human mind, and was instrumental in selection of mates, social cohesions (in group efforts such as pulling heavy objects), conflict reduction and trans-generational communication to convey useful information to future generations, he said.
Almost all parts of the brain were involved in the appreciation of music, and studies on the effect of music on humans helped understand how the brain integrated complex perception and behaviour tasks, he said, exploring the links connecting music, neurology and psychiatry.
E.S.Krishnamoorthy, Director of Neurosciences, Voluntary Health Services, said modern technology (neurotechnologies) could reveal more about interactions between the brain and the mind, and explain the workings of normal emotions like love, hate and anger.
Neuroscientists have intensified their research into neurotechnologies and music and its role in the developing brain.
Think of the "Mozart Effect" (the improvement of memory by listening to classical music, especially music from Mozart).
However, keep in mind that there is no conclusive evidence that Mozart's music will improve your intelligence as such.
Also, there is no evidence that his music as such enhances memory permanently!
It also seems that not every music stimulates the brain. There is quite some hype around...
But scientists are finding neurotechnologies that help us to separate chaff from wheat...
Now that scientists can "measure" brain (dis)activity -- since an Austrian Psychiatrist, named Hans Berger, announced 1908 that it was possible to record the feeble electric currents (brain waves) generated on the brain.
Berger named this new form of recording the electroencephalogram (EEG)-- it can be researched and determined what external stimulation (tones, frequencies, vibrations,...) and neurotechnologies are needed to bring the brain (waves) in the appropriate state to promote health, wellness, a sense of well-being and - who knows - even more.
This way, neurotechnologies can learn how to produce and/or use "healing sounds", sounds that influence the (biological) brain and thus can influence the (immaterial) mind to bring wellness, health and altered states of consciousness.
And these sounds can often be found in "healing music", something we will discuss in our next article about healing music.
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