Your Brain Works Like a Radio
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/bra ... orks-radio
"Incredibly, when it comes to learning, the neuron behaves like a giant antenna, with different branches of dendrites tuned to different frequencies for maximal learning," Mehta said.
The researchers found that not only does each synapse have a preferred frequency for achieving optimal learning, but for the best effect, the frequency needs to be perfectly rhythmic—timed at exact intervals. Even at the optimal frequency, if the rhythm was thrown off, synaptic learning was substantially diminished.
Their research also showed that once a synapse learns, its optimal frequency changes. In other words, if the optimal frequency for a naïve synapse—one that has not learned anything yet—was 30 impulses per second, after learning, that very same synapse would learn optimally at a lower frequency, perhaps 24 per second. Thus, learning itself changes the optimal frequency for a synapse.
"Our work suggests that some problems with learning and memory are caused by synapses not being tuned to the right frequency," said Mehta. If that's true, the findings may lead to new therapies for treating learning disabilities. Perhaps drugs can be developed to "retune" the brain rhythms of people with learning or memory disorders. "We already know there are drugs and electrical stimuli that can alter brain rhythms," Mehta said. "Our findings suggest that we can use these tools to deliver the optimal brain rhythm to targeted connections to enhance learning."
So next to all other brain frequencies, the initial 30 hz frequency is the learning state of the brain....