Recent discoveries in neuroscience suggest that stimulating alpha waves through mindfulness training and meditation in our brain can boost creativity and reduce depression.
via Psychology Today:
A new study by the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine recently discovered the first evidence that a low dose of electric current of 10-hertz can enhance the alpha brain wave activity and boosts creativity by 7.4% in healthy adults.
The April 2015 study(link is external), “Functional Role of Frontal Alpha Oscillations in Creativity,” was published in the journal Cortex. In a press release Flavio Frohlich, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, cell biology and physiology, biomedical engineering, and neurology at UNC said,
This study is a proof-of-concept. We’ve provided the first evidence that specifically enhancing alpha oscillations is a causal trigger of a specific and complex behavior—in this case, creativity.
But our goal is to use this approach to help people with neurological andpsychiatric illnesses. For instance, there is strong evidence that people with depression have impaired alpha oscillations. If we could enhance these brain activity patterns, then we could potentially help many people.
“The fact that we’ve managed to enhance creativity in a frequency-specific way—in a carefully-done double-blinded placebo-controlled study—doesn’t mean that we can definitely treat people with depression,” Frohlich cautioned. “But if people with depression are stuck in a thought pattern and fail to appropriately engage with reality, then we think it’s possible that enhancing alpha oscillations could be a meaningful, noninvasive, and inexpensive treatment paradigm for them—similar to how it enhanced creativity in healthy participants.”