How Memories are Formed

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There are 5 ways we learn and form memories:

  1. Visual Learning – Watching Someone Engage in Some Skill
  2. Auditory Learning – Listening
  3. Reading Learning
  4. Tactile-Kinetic Learning – Physically Engaging in a Skill and
  5. Combination Learning – Combining Visual Learning with Tactile Learning, or Reading Learning with Auditory Learning, etc.

When you are trying to commit something to memory, your brain releases a protein called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). The release of BDNF has the effect of turning on a part of the brain called the Nucleus Basalis. When the Nucleus Basalis is turned on it releases a chemical called Acetylcholine.

The purpose of Acetylcholine is to excite neurons to talk to each other. When neurons start talking to each other, they physically move closer to one another, and when they do, a new synapse is formed. The Nucleus Basalis is then turned off by this same protein (BDNF) and this new neural connection is locked in (sealed, so to speak).

Brain cells, however, are only able to talk to each other when they are on the same frequency. Brain Frequency, also known as Brain Waves, are measured by Hertz cycles per second. So, in order for any two brain cells to communicate with each other, they need to be firing electrical impulses at the exact Hertz level. Think of it like a channel on a TV. In order for two or more brain cells to communicate with one another, they must all be watching the same TV channel.

There are 5 Different Types of Brain Frequencies or Brain Waves:

  1. Gamma Waves – 30 to 100 Hertz: Intense Focus such as taking an exam, operating on a patient or competing.
  2. Beta Waves – 12 – 40 Hertz: Awake, alert or working
  3. Alpha Waves – 8 – 14 Hertz: Relaxed State or Meditating
  4. Theta Waves – 3 – 8 Hertz: Drowsy State/Pre-Sleep
  5. Delta – .2 – 4 Hertz: Sleeping

Example: If you are trying to learn to hit a backhand in tennis (Tactile-Kinetic Learning), your Brain Frequency will be firing off electrical impulses in the Gamma Wave category, which is between 30 – 100 Hertz Cycles per second. In order for your brain cells to form a Synapse, which causes memory, they all must be firing at, let’s say 40 Hertz Cycles per Second, at the same time.

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