Effect of tuning fork generated frequencies on cognition in snails (Achatina fulica)
The aim of this study was to validate whether individual frequencies generated by tuning forks can enhance and improve cognitive abilities in snails Achatina fulica. This paper is a first time report of the effect of individual frequencies generated by tuning forks on the cognition of these snails. The study was conducted in three parts A, B and C, where the snails were exposed to tuning fork generated frequencies of 64, 128, 256, 288, 320, 341, 384, 426, 480 and 512 Hz. From the results of the T-maze tests; it was evident that snails exposed to 320 Hz frequency were extremely active as compared to snails of the control groups and other groups. In the maze these snails were highly focussed and goal oriented, and completed their maze run in a shorter time as compared to the other groups. Based on the results of this study, it was evident that exposure to 320 Hz frequency enhanced the cognitive capacity of the brain in snails Achatina fulica which maybe a direct effect of the vibrations created at this frequency at a cellular level. The mechanism involved in the effect of this frequency on the brain to enhance cognitive capacity needs further evaluation.