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Re: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without

From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 13:31:47 -0300
Archived: Thu, 10 May 2012 14:07:42 -0400
Subject: Re: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without

>From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 11:02:50 +0100
>Subject: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without Our Knowledge"


>[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.

Fascinating stuff, Ray. You on the right List? Ropes for snakes,
gnats for mosquitos perfect in detail as seen from the corner of
the eye. Are the rest of us - except KK - supposed to read
something into these revelations? If so you've never been in the
field have you?

Don Ledger

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