Effect of hypothermia on cognitive capabilities in snail (Achatina fulica) and their recovery post exposure to the Buddhist meditative chant “Om Mani Padme Hum”
In humans, music therapy is a proven relaxation technique that helps manage stress and acts as a form of secondary treatment for several neural based disorders. The basis of this study was to understand whether the “Om Mani Padme Hum” meditative chant, can enhance brain related activities mainly cognitive behaviour in snails post exposure to an induced stress, thus hypothesizing the interaction and recovery to be mediated at a cellular level. Cognition is an important attribute of every living organism which although varies considerably from species to species, helps facilitate their day to day activities. Hypothermia stress and recovery in snail Achatina fulica has shown no long-term effects of hypothermia and therefore has been proposed as a model of studying consciousness in a previous study (Pereira 2016). The intention of this study was to validate whether the vibrations generated by the “Om Mani Padme Hum” chant can enhance and improve cognitive abilities and behavioural responses in snails which have been imperilled to hypothermic stress. In this study, a significant effect of hypothermia induced stress was observed as reduced cognitive capabilities of snail Achatina fulica despite the quick recovery from the hypothermic induced stressed state. Significant improvement was observed in cognitive abilities of the snails subjected to hypothermic stress, when exposed to the Om Mani Padme Hum chant confirming a therapeutic effect that can be directly correlated to the frequencies associated this chant. The results of these studies confirm that the “Om Mani Padme Hum” meditative chant generates vibrations that can augments cognitive capacity of the brain and simultaneously demonstrate significant therapeutic effects. The significant effect of hypothermia induced stress on cognitive abilities and its recovery from this state is a first time report for this snail species.