It is said that our breathing acts as a remote control for the brain. But does breathing exercises also help your memory as well?
When we inhale through our nostrils this is what is connected to areas of the brain that links to smell, memory, and emotions.
These three areas of the brain are (the amygdala) which is related to our emotional processing are of the brain.
The other area is ( the hippocampus) and this part of the brain has to do with memory.
And the third area to take note of is (the olfactory cortex) this is where we get the sensation of smell before we figure out what the smell is.
Have you ever noticed that certain smells can cause you to remember certain things and also trigger emotions in you?
In this piece I want us to take a look at the benefits of breathing exercises that are said to help our ability to remember more of the things we need to remember.
Take A Deep Breath and Chill…
We all have had someone tell us to take a deep breath.
It may have been at a time that you were afraid of something or maybe you were anxious about an event that was about to take place.
For years and years, the psychologist has been telling us to take a deep breath to calm ourselves in moments of stress and excitement.
Well, now it’s looking like that advice is benefiting us in more ways than we knew…
Breathing Exercises have been a part of meditative practices for a long time now.
I heard recently that there are some that are trying to patent breathing exercises… But that for another article.
So, what are the researchers and scientists saying about breathing exercises?
Does All Breathing Help our Memories?
From what I have been gathering it’s not just any type of breathing that helps us to remember better.
And even though the studies are in the preliminary stages the studies that have been conducted prove to be something to take note of.
There were two studies done at Northwestern University using 100 young adults that were recruited.
The young people were asked to make quick assessments about facial expressions that were flash before them on a computer screen.
The test proved that breathing did affect their performances when they inhaled through their nostrils.
The subjects are said to have been able to recognize the face that expressed fear faster than when viewed while exhaling.
The researchers report that they got the same positive results during the second part of the test as well when they flash other objects across the screen.
Here as well the participants were able to remember the objects if they saw them while inhaling versus during exhales.
Well, it does make a lot of sense when you think about it…
You breathe in… You take something in.
You breathe out… You’re letting something go.