Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Our Brains May Be Designed to Help Us Learn Rapidly, Research Suggests
There’s an interesting article in New Scientist on our ability to understand that what we hear and see:
“Our brain's ability to rapidly interpret and analyse new information may lie in the musical hum of our brainwaves. We continuously take in information about the world but establishing new neural connections and pathways – the process thought to underlie memory formation – is too slow to account for our ability to learn rapidly.”
The article reported on research conducted by Evan Antzoulatos and Earl Miller at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They investigated the role of brainwaves in learning.
While their research was done on monkeys, it may also be applicable to human learning.
According to Miller, "the research demonstrates that the music the brain produces may actually be central to how it encodes specific thoughts.”
This could help us understand how the very first man Adam could comprehend that what God told him. In addition, Adam was able to name all the land animals that the Creator brought to him.
The human brain is a marvel. As far as we know, there is nothing like it.
The brain is proof positive that we are wonderfully and fearfully made, as the ancient Psalmist put it.
Hitchings, Lauren. 2014. Our humming brains help us learn rapidly. New Scientist (18 June).