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Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without Our

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

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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.

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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.

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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




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