What are gamma brain waves?

January 13, 2016

Gamma waves are the fastest of the five brainwave frequencies (40 – 70 Hz), and represent the highest state of focus possible. Gamma waves link and process information from all parts of the brain, and are associated with peak concentration and problem solving.

Gamma waves are known to boost the perception of reality through the senses. Gamma brainwave activity makes smells more powerful and foods taste better, increases your visual acuity, and sharpens your hearing. Gamma waves are the ‘glue’ that combines or binds your senses and memory together. For example when remembering a wonderful night in your life, you might remember the music that was playing, the dominant smells in that environment, the food you ate, etc. The Gamma brainwave state is a focused one that helps us obtain the richest sensory experience from the external world.

We all have some Gamma brainwave activity, but some have higher levels of Gamma activity than others. High levels of Gamma waves are exhibited by top-notch athletes during performances, as well as those in advanced states of meditation. Boosting Gamma brainwave activity can increase alertness and focus, and improve hand-eye coordination. The 40 Hz brainwave range (cycling 40 times per second) has been known to regulate memory processing in the brain. Gamma waves are exhibited by quick learners and highly motivated individuals, and have been linked to good memory, and the ability to process large amounts of information in a relatively small amount of time.

Increased Gamma wave activity also serves as a powerful anti-depressant. In fact, people suffering from depression have been shown to have lower than average amounts of Gamma brainwaves. Increased Gamma wave activity has also been shown to result in high levels of compassion and feelings of happiness.

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