From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 11:02:50 +0100 Archived: Thu, 10 May 2012 07:24:34 -0400 Subject: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without Our www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120508173511.htm [Quotation Begins] Emotion Can Shut Down High-Level Mental Processes Without Our Knowledge, in Our Native Language ScienceDaily (May 8, 2012) - Psychologists at Bangor University believe that they have glimpsed for the first time, a process that takes place deep within our unconscious brain, where primal reactions interact with higher mental processes. Writing in the Journal of Neuroscience, they identify a reaction to negative language inputs which shuts down unconscious processing. [more at page] So why would the brain block access to the native language at an unconscious level? Professor Guillaume Thierry explains: "We think this is a protective mechanism. We know that in trauma for example, people behave very differently. Surface conscious processes are modulated by a deeper emotional system in the brain. Perhaps this brain mechanism spontaneously minimises negative impact of disturbing emotional content on our thinking, to prevent causing anxiety or mental discomfort." He continues: "We were extremely surprised by our finding. We were expecting to find modulation between the different words- and perhaps a heightened reaction to the emotional word - but what we found was the exact opposite to what we expected - a cancellation of the response to the negative words." The psychologists made this discovery by asking English-speaking Chinese people whether word pairs were related in meaning. Some of the word pairs were related in their Chinese translations. Although not consciously acknowledging a relation, measurements of electrical activity in the brain revealed that the bilingual participants were unconsciously translating the words. However, uncannily, this activity was not observed when the English words had a negative meaning. [Quotation Ends] Hello List, I think the opposite happens with visual `object recognition' - for obvious survival reasons. Maybe already mentioned that, back in northern Europe after some years in the tropics, was still 'seeing' mosquitos - perfect in every detail - out of the corner of my eye when in fact the offendors were probably gnats or small flies. In addition have also occasionally `seen' a resting snake (for a half-coiled rope or cable), which I understand is fairly common among ex-pats. Cheers Ray D Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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