International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Facilitation of Declarative Memory and Congruent Brain States by Applications of Weak, Patterned Magnetic Fields: The Future of Memory Access?
Paula L. Corradini, Mark W. G. Collins, Dr. Michael A. Persinger

Modern communication and electronic technology have produced a complex secondary electromagnetic environment within which we are all immersed. Ultimately patterns will be generated that are intimately congruent with those generated by the human brain during memory consolidation. Their strategic patterning within educational contexts could facilitate learning and memory consolidation. Human volunteers exposed to a weak patterned magnetic field whose electrical equivalent produces long-term potentiation or memory enhancement in a variety of contexts, showed a significant increase in the retention of narrative details 20 min after the field was applied over the left temporal lobe but not the right temporal lobe; scores for the latter group did not differ from sham-field subjects. The effect size of the memory enhancement was sufficiently large, accommodating 60% of the variance, to have educational and practical applications. The changes required about 15 minutes to be apparent and were related to the expected quantitative changes in brain activity. These results, which replicate previous experiments, indicate there is a potential technology that could be developed to enhance memory capacity and to promote vocational advantages for the average person in the 21st century.

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