Brain-Based Learning & Teaching
by Eric Jensen
Impact of Negative Ionization
What is negative air? The air around is electrically charged from cosmic rays, the friction of air movement, radioactive dust, ultraviolet radiation and atmospheric pressure changes. If you are feeling groggy, lethargic sleepy or depressed, it may be the electrical charge in the air. You may have discovered that when you stand in front of a waterfall, or step outdoors just after a rain, or stand atop a mountain or just get out of a shower, you often feel fresher, inspired and energized.
Human activity, it seems, destroys negative ions which affect the oxygen that we breathe and the mind. It seems that when it comes to air, the more negatively charged it is, the better.
In areas of higher population, the atmosphere's healthy balance of positive to negative ions is disrupted. Human activity, it seems, destroys negative ions which affect the oxygen that we breathe and the mind. It seems that when it comes to air, the more negatively charged it is, the better. Smoke, dust, smog, pollutants, electrical emissions, heating systems, coolers and traffic are all culprits. The air becomes more highly electrified (too many positive ions) and humans react. Studies suggest between 57-85% of the population is strongly affected and can gain dramatically from more negative ions.
The impact of negatively charged air on the body is powerful. Originally, it was found to speed recovery in burn or asthma patients. It was later discovered to affect serotonin levels in the bloodstream, to stabilize alpha rhythms and to positively impact our reactions to sensory stimuli. The greater levels of alertness can translate to improved learning. Studies by Minkh in Russia, Hansell in the USA, Sulman in Israel and Hawkins and Barker in England suggest improved well being and enhanced human performances on mental tasks.
There are over 700 research papers on the various affects of ionized air. Dr. Hansell, a researcher at RCA Laboratories, first stumbled on the "ion effect" in 1932 through his work with electrostatic generators. Dr. Kornblueh of the American Institute of Medical Climatology was among the first to demonstrate the dramatic effect that the electrical charge in the air has on our behavior. His work at Pennsylvania Graduate Hospital and Frankfort hospital in Philadelphia led him to make them a permanent part of hospital treatments. Many corporations, including ABC, Westinghouse, General Electric, Carrier, Philco and Emerson now use ion generators in the workplace.
What This Means To You: Many lethargic or underperforming learners may simply be very highly susceptible to the ionizational changes in the air. You may want to purchase an environmental ionizer. Be sure to get one powerful enough for the size of room you're using. They can help boost alertness and learning.
About the author: Eric Jensen, M.A., a former teacher, has been a pioneer in accelerated learning and brain-based learning approaches for almost two decades. He's the author of the best selling book Student Success Secrets, The Learning Brain, The Little Book of Big Motivation and 30 Days to B's and A's. Jensen co-founded Super Camp, one of the worlds most successful Accelerated Learning Programs and has trained schools and corporations world-wide in better ways to learn, teach and train.
How You Can Follow Up: Read The Ion Effect, by Fred Soyka.
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