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Acoustic work, like composition from memory,· Silent reading [should say ‘out loud’ instead of silent?], and· Mental arithmetical require and induce the faster brain wave production.“Literate activity,
Reading, Writing and Talking carefully
are activities that provide a sufficiently chaotic base to experience--that there is always the tendency for these activities to complexify [increase activity in the frontal lobes] further and speed up the brain. Activities such as

· Reading a televised text,

· Watching TV,

· Watching a televised interview,

are all noticeably downscale in the range of the slowest and least chaotic of brain wave activity (cf. Emery 627).”

McLuhan Studies: Issue 3: Chaos and the Meaning of Electric Culture

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While watching television, the brain appears to slow to a halt, registering low alpha wave readings on the EEG. This is caused by the radiant light produced by cathode ray technology [CRT, LCDs also?] within the television set [increases serotonin levels?]. Even if you're reading text on a television screen the brain registers low levels of activity. Once again, regardless of the content being presented, television essentially turns off your nervous system.Psychophysiologist Thomas Mulholland found that after just 30 seconds of watching television the brain begins to produce alpha waves, which indicates torpid (almost comatose) [slow] rates of activity. Alpha brain waves are associated with unfocused, overly receptive states of consciousness. A high frequency alpha waves [sic] does not occur normally when the eyes are open. In fact, Mulholland’s research implies that watching television is neurologically analogous to staring at a blank wall.
I should note that the goal of hypnotists is to induce slow brain wave states. Alpha waves are present during the 'light hypnotic' state used by hypno-therapists for suggestion therapy."

Television: Opiate of the Masses

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