Science Proves Silence Helps the Brain
Are you a person who enjoy silence every now and then? You might be surprised how this habit can actually help you, especially your brain. There are now some studies proving that silence can help our brains more. Finland has created a campaign in 2011 to encourage people to visit the “silent” country. And silence has become pretty much popular for the past few years.
In a study of mice exposed for two hours of silence per day, it is proven that new cells in the hippocampus developed. Hippocampus is the region of the brain responsible for learning, emotion and memory. So what exactly makes silence an important factor in the health of our brains? Here are a few things that you can ponder on and can help you start enjoying silence.
Silence can help in regeneration of brain cells.
Have you ever thought of silence helping your brain grow? Impossible as it may seem, the study on mice as published in the journal “Brain, Structure and Function” has been a breakthrough and proof that silence can indeed promote brain growth. According to researcher Imke Kirste, “We saw that silence is really helping the new generated cells to differentiate into neurons, and integrate into the system.” In particular, the hippocampus benefits well in silence and is mostly where the new brain cells regenerate and develop.
The silence mode can help the brain internalize and evaluate information better.
We know that the brain does not stop from functioning and still hustle even as we sleep. According to studies, silence enables your brain to be on “default mode” or self-reflection. The silence allows the brain to work without disturbance and noise. It also helps get the freedom your brain needs in order to determine your place in the external and internal world.
According to Joseph Moran et al. in “Frontiers in Human Neuroscience”, the brain on default mode “is observed most closely during the psychological task of reflecting on one’s personalities and characteristics (self-reflection), rather than during self-recognition, thinking of the self-concept, or thinking about self-esteem, for example.”
Silence ease tension and stress.
We all get tense and stressed on time or another, and noise can annoy us even more. Noise can elevate the level of stress for our brain and increase the production of stress hormones. According to a study published in Psychological Science (Vol. 13, No. 9) in 2002, children who were exposed to noise developed a stress response. This stress response blocks the noise, but also blocks other stimuli that can help them develop. With silence, however, the study suggests that it can relax the body. Silence seem to positively affect the blood circulation and pressure in the brain.
Silence strongly affects the cognitive function of a human being.
Noise can affect the cognitive function of the human brain and can cause a person to have lower cognitive and language skills. As the cognitive function of the brain dulls, the memory, problem solving, motivation and reading attention becomes a hard task for a person. This makes way to lower reading scores, decreased performance and increase in errors. Cognitive function can be restored by having silence as it restores the attention and help the brain let down its sensory guard.
Silence is truly a beautiful thing, and appreciating a quiet time can be better with these benefits in mind. Whether you choose to go to Finland, or just have a silent moment at home, remember that your brain and your body as a whole can definitely benefit with it a lot.