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condition or situation.
alpha state the state of relaxation and peaceful awakefulness associated with prominent alpha brain wave activity.
anxiety state the condition of experiencing undue anxiety, as in anxiety disorders.
excited state the condition of a nucleus, atom, or molecule produced by the addition of energy to the system as the result of absorption of photons or of inelastic collisions with other particles or systems.
ground state the condition of lowest energy of a nucleus, atom, or molecule.
persistent vegetative state a condition of profound nonresponsiveness in the wakeful state caused by brain damage at whatever level and characterized by a nonfunctioning cerebral cortex, the absence of any discernible adaptive response to the external environment, akinesia, mutism, and inability to signal; the electroencephalogram may be isoelectric or show abnormal activity. Vegetative states raise ethical questions regarding appropriate care, use of resources, and allowing a patient to die.
refractory state a condition of subnormal excitability of muscle and nerve following excitation.
resting state the physiologic condition achieved by complete bed rest for at least 1 hour.
steady state dynamic equilibrium.
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To get your project started on the right foot, expectations should be set and evidence sought on the following assertions and principles based on the alpha state checkpoints.
" Beta is where most of us are, most of the time while we're awake but if you're a high performance sportsman on that final putt, you want to be in the alpha state, one level below beta at eight to 12 hertz per second"
CD One: Alpha Relaxation System, Deep Relaxation is meant for use while sitting or lying down with eyes closed, in order to fully experience the deep Alpha state of EEG meditation.
That very state, the alpha state, becomes the gateway, the vestibule, to the subconscious.
Jerry Mander, a long-standing critic of television, says it best: "It puts our brains into a passive alpha state, zapping our thinking processes and destroying our creative impulses.
Meditation is an holistic practice - the technique works by subtly changing body chemistry, lowering the core body temperature and inducing the alpha state in the brain, all of which have a calming and healing effect on body and mind.
This is where we experience the alpha state of mind when we sleep as the body is in a heal-and-repair mode.
Most of us live our lives in a Theta state of brain activity, but we are at our most psychic, intuitive and receptive when our brains operate in the so-called Alpha state.
To get to sleep, you need to switch your brain from its normal busy or beta brain wave state to a more relaxed alpha state. The best way to achieve this is by meditation, self-hypnosis or relaxation tapes.
The therapy for stopping smoking blends the brain's heightened state of awareness (HSA) and Alpha State, a technique which persuades the subconscious to transfer the satisfaction gained from a bad habit, such as smoking, to a good one, such as exercise or having good health.
Very roughly speaking, film creates an alpha state of reverie due to its imperceptible flickering, therefore creating a more emotional and intense reaction.