Negative ions are a natural molecule found in nature which has been proven to improve cognitive functions as well as effect mood and depression.
Negative ions can be found in the air around us at all times, but research has discovered they can affect our mood substantially. While the concentration of Negative Ions in the air is minor, using devices such as the Headoc to generate higher levels of Negative Ions will bring positive effects on mood and depression.
Negative Ions, positive mood
Negative Ions can be found in nature, especially near water sources. The creation of negative Ions in nature is related to energy changes around water, through radiation, sunlight or movement. Negative Ions are abundant in mountains due to wind blowing on water or ice, in waterfalls, strong flows in rivers and even waves crashing near the beach.
Research on negative ions has created a vast industry using the benefits of negative ions. Products that use negative ions technology include bands and bracelets, which are even endorsed by well-known professional athletes. Negative ions are also used in air purifiers and air filters.
Great discovery, funny story
Research of Negative Ions goes back as far as 1932! An engineer by the name of Clarence Hansell is the pioneer of ionized air research. Every discovery has an interesting story and so does this one – while working in a radio laboratory, he noticed his colleagues’ mood changed in accordance with the ions their equipment was generating. When the equipment generated negative ions, his colleagues were happier and vibrant. When the equipment generated positive ions however, their mood was gloomy and depressed.
Following this observation, Hansell researched the effect of negative ions throughout his life. Recent studies support his conclusions, showing that negative ions can be used to treat and even prevent depression. In addition to effect on depression, negative ions show improvement in many other cognitive functions and performance.
Learn better, remember more, and feel well
In studies from the 1980’s, negative ions have been shown to improve memory performance in children (Morton and Kershner, 1984) and also have positive effect on decision making (Baron, 1987). A research from 1992 has shown that the balance of positive and negative ions has effect on physical and psychological health, where the negative ions concluded to be the bringer of benefit (Andrade, 1992).
The effects on mood have also been documents and researched widely. Negative ions have shown decreases in accidents in industry and automobiles scenarios, decreased reaction time, and depressions. Negative ions have also had effect on decreases in crime, suicide, irritability and bad mood (see research cluster #1 below). Positive ions, on the other hand, have bene shown to have opposite effects on the above (Charry and Hawkinshire, 1981).
Another research concluded that atmosphere with reduced negative ions can create an increase of more than 50% complaint rate for headache, nausea and dizziness compared with a atmosphere saturated with negative ions (Hawkins, 1981).
Here are some studies on Negative Ions and their positive effect:
- Morton, L. L., & Kershner, J. R. (1984). Negative air ionization improves memory and attention in learning-disabled and mentally retarded children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 12(2), 353-365. doi:10.1007/BF00910673
- Andrade, A. C., Fernandes, C., Verghese, L., & Andrade, C. (1992). Effect of negative ion atmospheric loading on cognitive performance in human volunteers. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 34(3), 253-259.
- Baron, R. A. (1987). Effects of negative ions on cognitive performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 72(1), 131-137. doi:10.1037/0021-9010.72.1.131
- Charry, J. M., & Hawkinshire, 5., F B. (1981). Effects of atmospheric electricity on some substrates of disordered social behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 41(1), 185-197. doi:10.1037/0022-35220.127.116.11
- Halcomb, C. G., & Kirk, R. E. Effects of air ionization upon the performance of a vigilance task. Journal of Engineering Psychology, 1965,4, 120-126.
- Muecher, H., & Ungeheuer, H. Meteorological influence on reaction time, flicker-fusion frequency, job accidents, and medical treatment. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 1961, 12, 163-168.
- Slote, L. An experimental evaluation of man’s reaction to an ionized air environment. Proceedings of the International
Conference on the Ionization of the Air(Vol. 2). Philadelphia, Pa.: American Institute of Medical Climatology, 1961.
- Wofford, J. C. Negative ionization: An investigation of behavioral effects. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1966, 71. 608-611.
- Sulman, F. G. Serotonin-migraine in climatic heat stress, its prophylaxis and treatment. Proceedings of the International Headache Symposium, Elsinore, Denmark, 1971.
- Hawkins, L. H. (1981). The influence of air ions, temperature and humidity on subjective wellbeing and comfort. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 1(4), 279-292. doi:10.1016/S0272-4944(81)80026-6