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Studies Show The Importance of Silence & How It Positively Affects Your Brain’s Development

Posted by on March 22, 2016 in Sci-Tech, Science with 9 Comments

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By Rebecca Beris | Life Hack

In 2011, the Finish Tourist Board ran a campaign that used silence as a marketing ‘product’. They sort to entice people to visit Finland and experience the beauty of this silent land. They released a series of photographs of single figures in the nature and used the slogan “Silence, Please”. A tag line was added by Simon Anholt, an international country branding consultant, “No talking, but action.”


Related Article: Silence is (Sometimes) Golden

Eva Kiviranta the manager of the social media for VisitFinland.com said: “We decided, instead of saying that it’s really empty and really quiet and nobody is talking about anything here, let’s embrace it and make it a good thing”.

Finland may be on to something very big. You could be seeing the very beginnings of using silence as a selling point as silence may be becoming more and more attractive. As the world around becomes increasingly loud and cluttered you may find yourself seeking out the reprieve that silent places and silence have to offer. This may be a wise move as studies are showing that silence is much more important to your brains than you might think.

Regenerated brain cells may be just a matter of silence.

 A 2013 study on mice published in the journal Brain, Structure and Functionused differed types of noise and silence and monitored the effect the sound and silence had on the brains of the mice. The silence was intended to be the control in the study but what they found was surprising. The scientists discovered that when the mice were exposed to two hours of silence per day they developed new cells in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a region of the brain associated with memory, emotion and learning.


The growth of new cells in the brain does not necessarily translate to tangible health benefits. However, in this instance, researcher Imke Kirste says that the cells appeared to become functioning neurons.

“We saw that silence is really helping the new generated cells to differentiate into neurons, and integrate into the system.”

In this sense silence can quite literally grow your brain.

The brain is actively internalizing and evaluating information during silence

A 2001 study defined a “default mode” of brain function that showed that even when the brain was “resting” it was perpetually active internalizing and evaluating information.

Follow-up research found that the default mode is also used during the process of self-reflection. In 2013, in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Joseph Moran et al. wrote, the brain’s default mode network “is observed most closely during the psychological task of reflecting on one’s personalities and characteristics (self-reflection), rather than during self-recognition, thinking of the self-concept, or thinking about self-esteem, for example.”

When the brain rests it is able to integrate internal and external information into “a conscious workspace,” said Moran and colleagues.

Related Article: 20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life

When you are not distracted by noise or goal-orientated tasks, there appears to be a quiet time that allows your conscious workspace to process things. During these periods of silence, your brain has the freedom it needs to discover its place in your internal and external world.

The default mode helps you think about profound things in an imaginative way.

As Herman Melville once wrote, “All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence.”

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  2. 1748789185358740@facebook.com' Autumn Christine says:

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  3. 10153642120183428@facebook.com' Patrick Grexton says:

    Cast your net to the right side and take no thought.

  4. 826906984088408@facebook.com' Della Hartley says:

    SO BEAUTIFUL

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    Leigh Norris

  6. 1568070613507799@facebook.com' So Vanesh says:

    Once you get used to silence you can’t go back to a noisy life. Inner peace restored.

  7. 10204689223213236@facebook.com' Raimund Hiegemann says:

    Right!

  8. 156368878088603@facebook.com' Aeon X Art says:

    The only silence I hear is a solid ringing, and or a machine running at full capacity. Maybe I’ve got nerve damage in my ears, but either way silence is fleeting and unobtainable

  9. 1139022759448944@facebook.com' Mayse Vila says:

    Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation. Rumi

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