Enhanced cognitive effects in snails (Physa acuta) after exposure to meditational music and low-level near-infrared laser

Pereira C       

Abstract

Light and sound are form of vibrations that are essential elements for life and knowingly and unknowingly support several functions in living forms. Meditation techniques use sound and light for treating several illnesses and disorders but its mechanisms are yet to be explored. The basis of this study was to determine whether sound vibrations at a known meditative frequency and light at a known therapeutic wavelength can influence cognitive abilities of lower invertebrates. Physa acuta, an air breathing freshwater snail was considered for this study and their cognitive abilities were established as time taken to complete the T-maze pre- and post-exposure to a recommended meditational Buddhist hymn and low level near-infrared laser for a period of 5 days.  A significant change in cognitive abilities was observed in snails exposed to low level near–infrared laser at a wavelength of 650 + 10 nm and exposed to meditational music at a decibel output range of 75 – 80 db and frequency range of 260 – 280 Hz, in comparison to the control group. The results of this study indicate that vibrations generated by meditative music at 75-80 db and frequency of 260 – 280 Hz have a possibility of enhancing cognitive abilities in snails. Significance of exposure to low level near infrared laser in comparison to control group confirms the enhanced cognitive ability of the brain demonstrated by the elevated maze performances by snails. Based on results of this study, we can confirm that low level near infrared light and sound vibrations at 260 – 280 Hz induce a significant effect on the neural system at a cellular level, which is evident with the enhanced cognitive abilities; the mechanisms for which need to be evaluated further.


MS Received Date:   2015-08-03  MS Accepted Date:  2015-09-01  MS Published Date:  2015-09-02
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Pereira C "Enhanced cognitive effects in snails (Physa acuta) after exposure to meditational music and low-level near-infrared laser" Journal of Zoology Studies 2.3 (2015): 14-21.
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Pereira C. Enhanced cognitive effects in snails (Physa acuta) after exposure to meditational music and low-level near-infrared laser. Journal of Zoology Studies. 2015; 2(3): 14-21.
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