A quick one on the elusive waves within our brain

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Part of my job involves scanning Google for interesting articles related to mental wellbeing and self-care. Unsurprisingly, I learn a lot about what us humans are consistently trying and failing to do on a daily basis to preserve peace and harmony in our lives – aw go us!

For a while now I’ve been stuck on the concept of neuroplasticity and how fascinatingly promising it is for physical and mental trauma…however there has been an increasing number of articles recently on our “brain waves” and how they sync with people around us.

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Now THIS is fascinating.

The first article comes from GQ magazine and is called Why music is great for your mental health. Within the article it briefly states: “One of the most dramatic effects of music’s power is the induction of trance states in a communal group. People’s brains sync to both the beat and therefore to the brains of those around them.” 

Another article, by The World Economic Forum blog, goes into more depth. In A neuroscientist who studies decision-making reveals the most important choice you can make, the author says: “His neuroscience research has found that when two people are in each other’s company, their brain waves will begin to look nearly identical…The more we study engagement, we see time and again that just being next to certain people actually aligns your brain with them,”…say whaaaaat!

Is this tangible proof of people having an “impression” on us? I’d heard of people’s heartbeats syncing to those in close company – but brain waves?

*falls into a deep hole of google search results*

 

 

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