Beta brain wave are the most commonly found in awake individual out of all brain wave patterns. The frequency range is between 12Hz-38Hz and considered among the fastest brainwave frequencies. Beta brainwave is produced by our left brain and has been linked to conscious thought or being wide awake. Each time you solve a math problem, logic puzzle, or read a book, your beta brainwave kick in. People who have logical thinking tend to have a lot of beta brainwave activity. Virtually, all individuals besides children are in beta brainwave states upon awakening. Beta brainwave will increase as you get older. In the majority of healthy adults, beta brainwave seem to be the dominant rhythm.

beta brainwave

Beta brainwaves are what is used by your brain to help you function in society. If you were without any beta brainwaves, you would be unable to function while you are awake. You would basically be an awake, “brain-dead zombie”. Beta Waves have been associated with an increased ability to focus on our external reality. In the beta state, neurons fire rapidly in helping you to be full functioning. As you are reading this article, your brain is generating beta brainwaves. Activities such as: reading, writing, calculations, and work which involves thinking, all require your brain to amp up the production of beta brainwaves.

Functions of Beta Brainwave

You Can Think Quicker and More Focused
High beta brainwave make u think fast and get ideas quickly which can help in your work or school environments. Studies also shown that people who think quickly feel more confident, happier and live longer.

Feel More Excitement and Increase Performance
A feeling of excitement in the pit of your stomach or rush of adrenaline is caused by an increase in the amount of beta brainwaves. Beta brainwave can bring you to the peak of performance because people with high beta brainwave tend to perform as if their life depended on it rather than calm and not very concerned with how they end up performing.

Become More Motivated and Goal Oriented
Goal setting and performance ability are associated with the left-hemisphere brain. It is natural that people become more goal oriented when their Beta Waves dominate their mental activity. Due to the fact that excitement and nervous energy accompany the Beta Range, many people experience leaps in their motivation to take action.  If you’ve ever read about someone being able to perform an amazing feat out of fear, then you understand that these Beta Waves can be highly motivating and action-oriented.

More Energy and Positivity
If you feel tired or sleepy, increasing your beta brainwave can get you back up. When you are in a beta state, you are far from relax. You will have a lot of energy in the for of nervousness, excitement or anxiety. Other than that, you also experience an increase in your level of positive thinking since left side of your brain is associated with positive thoughts.

Being more Social Outgoing
Beta brainwave increase your ability to hold on and stimulating conversation with others. You also feel very excited while talking to someone else because beta brainwave can boost conversational energy. Talk-show hosts, lawyers, or debaters tend to experience significant increases in their beta brainwave activity when they begin talking.

Write Easily and Quickly
High beta brainwave enhances one’s ability to write because beta activity occurs in the left hemisphere which is highly activated while writing.

Increase in I.Q.
People with high beta brainwave have higher IQ than the average population. Beta brainwave state enable you to solve math problems, conducting research, reading books, and writing articles. Each time a student takes a test, a large surge of beta brainwave can be found in their brain.

Too Much Beta

Anxiety and Stress
When your brainwave level increase to the high beta brainwave frequencies, neurons begin firing at random and in unorganized pattern. This leads to a highly-unfocused and confusing state of mind to be in. You may experience high level of anxiety and stress which naturally increase your blood pressure. When your brainwave state remains in high-beta for any extended period of time, you will likely experience a “nervous breakdown.” In most cases, high-beta brainwaves cause individuals to either: remember negative events or experiences in the past OR imagine a scary, fearful-type future. This obviously, easily creates states of high-anxiety, self-doubt, and negativity.

Sweet the Small Stuff or Paranoia
When you allow high-beta brainwaves to overtake your mind, it goes into a rapid-thinking “overdrive” brainwave state. This high-beta brainwave state will make you think deeply about little. Basically, these brainwaves make you “sweat the small stuff.” You could find yourself afraid of things that normally would not make you afraid of. As an example, always checking locks because of worried someone will break in.

Addiction
Are you addicted to internet or gambling? High level of beta brainwave can lead to addiction. Sometimes, the addiction is to a substance that help you calm down, which make you not functioning at your best. Other times, the addiction may to a substance that increase your beta brainwave, like cocaine or amphetamines. If you want to achieve your goal and live your life happily, addiction won't help you at all. It's time for you to lower down your brainwave to alpha state.

Irrational Thoughts and Think Negatively
have you ever heard a self-defeating or negative little voice from within that emerges with rapid thoughts telling you that you can’t do it? Have you ever question yourself like "Isn't this task a bit tough for me?" or "How can I possibly do that?". It is a voice that want to attack the dreams or goals that you have. When you allow your mind to “give in” to this negative voice, you actually tell yourself to give up the task before you even start.

Insomnia and Muscle Tension
If you just can’t seem to relax and your muscles are tight as a wire or you just can’t sleep, and you keep waking up or you can’t fall asleep at all although you’ve counted all the sheep that were ever born or ever will be, you’re probably experiencing too much beta brain waves.

The brain is an electrochemical organ which is made up of billions of brain cells called neurons. These neurons use electricity to communicate with each other. The combination of millions of neurons sending signal at once produces an enormous amount of electric activity in the brain itself. Researchers have speculated that a fully functioning brain can generate as much as 10 watts of electrical power. If you had enough scalps hooked up, you might be able to light a flashlight bulb.

Each time a neuron fires, the electro-magnetic spark of energy that is released setting of a chain reaction among other neurons. The speed of the connection correlates to the speed of the frequency. Electrical activity of the brain is called brainwaves because of its cyclic, wave-like nature. The brainwaves pattern will change depending on what the person is doing. For example, the brainwaves pattern when we sleep are vastly different than the brainwaves when we wide awake. The brainwaves are measured in cycle per second or Herzt (Hz). There are four categories of brainwaves, ranging from the most activity to the least activity.

Brainwaves

Beta Brainwave 12Hz-38Hz (Wide Awake)

Beta brainwave are associated with our waking activity. Beta brainwave are emitted when we are consciously alert or feel agitated, tense and afraid. Beta brainwave have low amplitude and are the fastest of the four different brainwaves. Beta waves are characteristic of a strongly engaged mind. A debater, or a teacher, or a host of talk show would all be in beta state when doing their work. Usually, this state in itself is uneventful but we should not understimate its importance. The lack of beta brainwave activity can cause mental or emotional disorders such as depression and insomnia. Stimulating beta brainwave can improve emotional stability, energy levels, attentiveness and concentration.

Alpha Brainwave 8Hz-12Hz (Relaxed)

Alpha brainwave can be found when we are awake but in a state of physical and mental relaxation. We still aware of what is happening around us. Light meditation and day dreaming are associated with alpha brainwave. You are also in alpha state when you get up in the morning and just before you sleep. Since Aapha brainwave is very receptive and absorbent mental state, you can use it to practice your creative visualization and auto suggestion technique. Its are also good for self hypnosis, mental reprogramming and accelerated learning.

Theta brainwave 3Hz-8Hz (Dream)

You will go to theta brainwave when you are in light sleep or extreme relaxation. It is a state of somnolence with reduced consciousness. Theta brainwave are associated with creativity, dreams and Extra-sensory perception for the student the theta state is something to learn to go at will. Theta brainwave are also be used for hypnosis and mental reprogramming.

Delta brainwave 0.2Hz-3Hz (Deep Sleep)

Delta brainwaveis the slowest band of brainwaves. Delta waves occur during deep sleep or catalepsy. You will loss your body awareness. During delta state, you do not dream and the brain is fully unconscious but it is important for the explorer of consciousness. Your body is healing itself and resetting its internal clocks in this state. Your human growth is also released.

The knowledge of brainwaves state will give you the ability to make use of specific characteristic of those states such as being intensely focused, relaxed, creative and restful sleep.

Although there are four different kind of brainwaves, but the truth is they are not really separate brainwaves. The categories are just for convenience. One brainwave state my predominate depending on the activity of the individual, but the remaining three brainwaves are still present in the mix of brainwaves at all times. So, we don't ever produce only one brainwave type at a time. As an example, while somebody is wide awake, he produce a high amount of beta brainwave. A component of alpha, theta and delta brainwaves are still exist with only at the trace level.

The right side of brain hemisphere specialists in combining the parts to produce a whole. Unlike the left, the right hemisphere organizes things simultaneously. It specializes in a method that perceives and constructs patterns. It is most efficient at visual and spatial processing and it is thought that non verbal stimuli are processed primarily in the right side of brain hemisphere. A person with the right brain dominant is often thought of as the dreamers, the artists, and the musicians. Just because they are not as good with numbers and remembering facts does not mean that they are "dumber" than a left brain person.

Right brain functions

Here are some characteristics of a right brained person. People with a right side brain dominance are usually good at these.
• Prefer rock music
• Right brain controls left side of body
• Prefer visual instructions with examples
• Good at sports
• Good at art
• Follow Eastern thought*
• Cat lovers
• Enjoy clowning around
• Can be hypnotized
• Like to read fantasy and mystery stories
• Can listen to music or TV while studying
• Like to write fiction
• Prefer group
• Fun to dream about things that will probably never happen
• Enjoy making up own drawings and images
• Good at geometry
• Like organizing things to show relation
• Can memorize music
• Occasionally absentminded
• Like to act out stories
• Enjoy interacting affectively with others
• Think better when lying down
• Become restless during long verbal explanations
• Enjoy creative storytelling
• Prefer to learn through free exploration
• Good at recalling spatial imagery
• Read for main details
• Skilled in showing relationships between ideas
• Preference for summarizing over outlining
• Solve problems intuitively
• Very Spontaneous and unpredictable
• Dreamer
• philosophical

People of right brain hemisphere dominance tend to choose similar occupations. Here are some occupations that are usually fulfilled by a right brained person.
• Forest ranger
• Wildlife manager
• Beautician
• Politician
• Athlete
• Artist
• Craftsman
• Actor/Actress

The left side of brain hemisphere processes information sequentially and is described as analytical because it specialises in recognizing parts which make a whole. Although it is most efficient at processing verbal information, language should not be considered as being in the left side of brain hemisphere. This hemisphere is able to recognize that one stimulus comes before another and verbal perception and generation depends on the awareness of the sequence in which sounds occur.

Left brain functions

Below is a list of things that people with left side brain dominance are good at or they like and things that are done in the left side of brain.
• Prefer Classical Music
• Your Left-Brain controls the right side of your body
• Prefer things like instructions to be done verbally
• Good at math
• Like to read
• Follow Western Thought*
• Very Logical
• Dog lovers
• Don't enjoy clowning around
• Can't be hypnotized
• Usually remember things only specifically studied
• Need total quiet to read or study
• Like to read realistic stories
• Like to write non-fiction
• Prefer individual counseling
• Enjoy copying or tracing pictures and filling in details
• Also like to read action stories
• Usually rational
• Usually do things in a planned orderly way
• If you have to answer someone's question, you won't let your peronal feelings get in the way
• Good at algebra
• Can remember verbal material
• Almost never absent minded
• Like to tell stories but not act them out
• Can think better sitting down
• Like to be a music critic
• Attentive during long verbal explanations
• Prefer well structured assignments over open ended ones
• Read for specific details and facts
• Skilled at sequencing ideas
• Likes to be Organized

People of left brain hemisphere dominance tend to choose similar occupations. Here are some occupations that are usually fulfilled by a left brained person. 
• Lab scientist
• Banker
• Judge
• Lawyer
• Mathematician
• Bacteriologist
• Librarian

The right brain vs left brain test

Do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa. Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction. See if you can do it with this left brain vs right brain test.

Our conscious mind can only focus on data from one brain at a time. We can switch from one side to the other very quickly (with our corpus collosum intact) but that's not always the most efficient way to act and eventually ultimate authority to enter consciousness is delegated to one brain or the other. In our modern world, this battle is almost always won by the left brain.

It appears that most people will never reach their maximum potential because of compromises that have been made between these two governing bodies. Sometimes skills which the right brain can perform better are routinely handled, with less skill, by the left brain. Ideally, both brains work together in people with optimum mental ability. This coordinating ability may be the key to superior intellectual abilities. In most people, however, the left brain takes control, choosing logic, reasoning and details over imagination, holistic thinking and artistic talent. This explain why most of would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise for this left brain vs right brain test.

Methods have been devised to "shut off" the left brain, allowing the right side to have its say. Creative writing courses often use this method to combat "writer's block." The logical left side is easily bored by lack of input and tends to "doze off" during such activities as meditation (repeating a mantra or word over and over) or in sensory deprivation environments. The right brain is then able to "sneak" into our consciousness, filling our minds with emotional and visual vignettes and freely associated images. All too quickly, though, the left brain will assert itself and dispense with these irrational images, asserting its Spock-like logical dominance and the right brain will have to be content to find expression in dreams.

 

Left brain and right brain comparison

The part of the brain that controls rational functions (cerebral cortex) is made up of two halves, left brain and right brain. They are connected to each other by a thick cable of nerves at the base of each brain which is called the corpus collosum. The corpus collosum allow messages'to pass between these two brain. You can think of it as an Ethernet cable or network connection between two giant processors, each running different programs from the same input.

For some reason, our left and right brain control the opposite side of our bodies so the right brain controls our left side and processes what we see in our left eye while the left brain controls the right side and processes what our right eye sees.

These two brain has different ways of thinking. The left brain is verbal and processes information in an analytical and sequential way, looking first at the pieces then putting them together to get the whole.  Our logic and reasoning skills come from this half as do number skills. We use this side of brain to recognising friend's face in a crowd or lining up words to make a sentence.

By contrast, the right brain is visual and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way, concentrated on the broad and background picture then the details. The researchers believed it had a panoramic focus that made it good at seeing general connections. The right side is where spatial imagery comes from.  Art appreciation comes from this half. This hemisphere was best able to represent the relative position of objects in space and to handle the emotional and metaphorical aspects of speech.

In a neat and complementary division of labour, one side of the brain thought and saw in wide-angle while the other zoomed in on the detail. Our personality can be thought of as a result of the degree to which these left and right brains interact. It is a simplification to identify left brain types who are very analytical and orderly. We likewise certainly know of the artistic, unpredictability and creativity of right brain types.  As people get older, they use one side more than the other half.

So, is it better to be right brained or left brained? Though right brain or non-verbal thinking is often regarded as more creative, there is no right or wrong here. It is merely two different ways of thinking. One is not better than the other because each side has its own function and responsibilities. What's important is to be aware that there are different ways of thinking, knowing your natural preference is. If it is strongly verbal (left brain) rather than visual (right brain), being open to trying new approaches which deliberately approach painting or drawing in a right brain way.  Research into the operation of the right and left hemispheres shows that the effective processing of information requires access to both as they complement each other.

Both brain and computer are used to store information, process the information and run tasks.  It is widely known that brain and computer do have something in common, but in many more ways they are actually more different than they are similar.

Brain and Computer

Many components

Brain and computer combining processes from their components and parts to perform tasks. A computer consists of many parts such as motherboard, disk drives,  processor, graphic cards and many more. Each has its own roles and functions. Like a computer, the brain is formed out of parts. The brain has cerebrum, cerebellum, medulla oblongata, thalamus and a lot more.

Use electrical signals

Both transmit information by using electrical signals to each of their parts. Computer components transmit electrical signals through conductors. The computer uses cables, wires and circuits to transmit artificial, stronger electrical signals that travel many times faster than those of the brain. It uses switches that are either on or off (binary). Brain cells signal each other electrochemically and enzymatically. The human brain uses tiny chemical reactions to produce weak electrical signals to communicate with its other parts. Neurons in the brain are either on or off by either firing an action potential or not firing an action potential. However, neurons are more than just on or off because the "excitability" of a neuron is always changing. This is because a neuron is constantly getting information from other cells through synaptic contacts. Information traveling across a synapse does not always result in a action potential. Rather, this information alters the chance that an action potential will be produced by raising or lowering the threshold of the neuron.

Emotions vs Logic

It is impossible for the brain to act without emotions while the computer act only on logic. Researchers already proved that brains act on emotions, that many of our actions are based on our emotional side. We know that computers act completely on logical bits, that are total absolute. All actions performed by computers are based on the instructions in their coding and other factors have no effect on them.

Imagination and Creativity

The computer is faster at doing logical things and computations. It can do creative innovation, but only by using preset algorithms to merge current ideas which only presents a limited range of creativity. The computer can hardly innovate and invent new ideas unlike the brain. The brain is better at interpreting the outside world and coming up with new ideas. The brain is capable of imagination.

Common sense

Computers have no common sense or real intellect unlike the human brain. Computers can only follow instructions and rules preset by the programmer, they are still not complex enough to understand, analyze and learn about the world like the brain does. Traditional A.I. manages to imitate and resemble human intellect because programmers try to make the computer react like a human brain by defining a set of rules and expectations of behavior for the computer to follow. It is much easier and faster for the brain to learn new things.

Working hours

The computer can be turned off when we do not want to use it, but the brain works for 24 hours a day. The brain is always changing and being modified. There is no "off" for the brain even when we is sleeping, the brain is still active and working. Different from brain, there is an "off" for a computer. When the power to a computer is turned off, signals are not transmitted.

Complexity

The brain has 100 billion neurons which form billions of links is many times more complex than, the mere hundreds of millions of transistors and circuit in today's computers. There are thousands of neuroscientists studying the brain. Nevertheless, there is still much more to learn about the brain because of their complexity. There is more we do NOT know about the brain, than what we do know about the brain

Upgrading

Both continue to improve from time to time. But the computers have evolved much faster than the human brain. Computers have been around for only a few decades, yet rapid technological advancements have made computers faster, smaller and more powerful. But the human brain evolves. The brain of modern man is found to be significantly larger than those of millions years ago. A team of scientists uncovered two 1.7 million year old human's skulls, notably smaller with only with 780cc of capacity compared with the 1500cc of modern man's skull capacity which is proof of the human brain's evolution.

Multitasking

The computer can do many complex tasks at the same time (multitasking) that are difficult for the brain and perform complex actions. For example, try counting backwards and multiplying 2 numbers at the same time. However, the brain also does some multitasking using the autonomic nervous system. For example, the brain controls breathing, heart rate and blood pressure at the same time it performs a mental task.

A computer required hardware to perform its function. And the hardware need software to make it run. Without software, hardware would be useless and without hardware, software can not be used. Brain is like the hardware and mind is like the software. But in reality, the difference between brain mind are more complicated than software and hardware.

The difference between brain and mind

In our culture we sometimes use the words brain and mind interchangeably even though they really do refer to separate, although often overlapping, concepts. The brain is an organ but the mind isn't. The brain is the physical place where the mind resides. It is a vessel in which the electronic impulses that create thought are contained. With the brain you coordinate your moves, your organism, your activities and transmit impulses. But you use the mind to think. You can muse at what happened, what is scheduled and what maybe will happen.

The mind is the manifestations of thought, perception, emotion, determination, memory and imagination that takes place within the brain. Mind is often used to refer especially to the thought processes of reason. The mind is the awareness of consciousness we know, the ability to control what we do, and know what we are doing and why. It is the ability to understand. Animal are able to interpret their environments, but not understand them. whereas human are able to understand what happens around them, even if not the scientific reasoning for it, and therefore adapt.

The mind made humans capable to solve complex logical problem which differentiates us than other living beings. Logic makes us understand that things are not as what they seem. Our ability to analyze  situations makes it possible to develop solutions to problems and lead us toward practical solutions. We may not be able to see in the ultraviolet range, but we may design instruments to do so. We may not be able to see atoms, but we can design experiments that enable us to know their properties. Each stage of scientific advancement has usually been made by trying to reach a logical conclusion consistent with our observations. We no longer believe in demons as the cause of disease. We now believe in viruses, bacteria, genetic defects, and environmental pollution as the real causes of disease. Our irrational and unfounded "superstitions" have given way to "knowledge".

It is important to understand the physical structure of the brain which can provides foundation and insight to the complex nuances of human behavior. The brain acts as a control center by receiving, interpreting, and directing sensory information throughout the body. Anatomically the structure of the brain has three major parts, the forebrain, the hindbrain, and the brainstem. Every brain area has an associated function, although many functions may involve a number of different areas.

 

Know your brain structure

Cerebrum (The Forebrain)

This is the largest area of the brain and is concerned with all higher mental functions, such as thinking and memory. It is made up of two halves or hemispheres. The right cerebral hemisphere controls the left side of the body and the left cerebral hemisphere controls the right side of the body. Each cerebral hemisphere is divided into four areas, known as lobes

Frontal Lobe

Handles the complex thoughts. Involved in planning, organizing, problem solving and selective attention. The anterior (front) portion of the frontal lobe is called the prefrontal cortex. It is very important for the "higher cognitive functions" including behavior and emotions and the determination of the personality. The posterior (back) of the frontal lobe consists of the motor and premotor areas. Nerve cells that produce movement are located in the motor areas. The premotor areas serve to modify movements. The frontal lobe is divided from the parietal lobe by the central culcus.

Parietal Lobe

The parietal lobes contain the primary sensory cortex which controls sensation like touch or pressure. Behind the primary sensory cortex is a large association area that controls fine sensation which are judgment of texture, weight, size or shape.

Occipital Lobe

processes visual information. Not only is the occipital lobe mainly responsible for visual reception, it also contains association areas that help in the visual recognition of shapes and colors. Damage to this lobe can cause visual deficits.

Temporal Lobe

There are two temporal lobes, one on each side of the brain located at about the level of the ears. These lobes allow a person to tell one smell from another and one sound from another. They also help in sorting new information and are responsible for short-term memory. Right Lobe involved mainly in visual memory  like pictures and faces while left lobe involved mainly in verbal memory  such as words and names.

Cerebellum  (The Hindbrain or The Little Brain)

This is the back part of the brain and is concerned with balance and coordination. These activities are carried out automatically by this area of the brain and are not under a person's control or subconsciously. Until now, the cerebellum is not very well understood. It is very old on an evolutionary scale, and you probably can't live without one.

Brain stem

This part controls the basic functions essential to maintaining life, including blood pressure, breathing, heart beat, eye movements and swallowing. It is the bottom part of the brain and connects the cerebral hemispheres to the spinal cord.