Here is an awesome follow-up on how non-human we are. Pay particular attention to the phrase, “Bacteria have been on the Earth for billions of years; humans, couple hundred thousand. We think bacteria made the rules for how multicellular organization works.” We can learn a lot about ourselves from bacteria. Perhaps it’s time we stopped killing them and started paying attention to them! Bonnie Bassler:
Two [neuronal] groups can only communicate efficiently with each other when their rhythms are coordinated, or synchronized.
Scientific American, one of my favorite mags, included an article on brain rhythm. It makes perfect sense to me that our inner communication system should rely upon specific rhythms – which may explain why we like music so much – especially music with a strong beat. Here are some outtakes with my comments:
In an attempt to understand what makes us tick, researchers have been probing various regions of the brain, such as the premotor cortex, which helps make movement possible, and the auditory cortex, responsible for processing what we hear. But neuroscientists now say communication between regions – as opposed to within the areas themselves – may be the key that has eluded analysis until now, in part, because of technological obstacles.
Earl Miller, a professor of neuroscience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, says that today’s faster computers and more advanced electronics may provide scientists with the tools they need to unlock the brain’s mysteries.
A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests what NLP practitioners have known for many years – mimicking a person can influence that person to adopt your point of view. In NLP, it’s called “Match and Lead” – or “rapport”.
In a series of experiments intended to demonstrate the power of mimicry, researchers discovered that, “A person who views someone else’s snacking behavior will come to exhibit a similar snack selection pattern,” explain Robin J. Tanner (Duke University), Rosellina Ferraro (University of Maryland), Tanya L. Chartrand (Duke University), James R. Bettman (Duke University), and Rick Van Baaren (University of Amsterdam). “This suggests that preferences may shift as a result of unintentionally mimicking another person’s consumption behavior.”
I know – I’ve written about it before. Memory is fallible – prone to error. When I recall childhood events, for example, I can’t help but inject more recent memories into that older memory. Further, my emotional state at the time of the original event contributes substantially to how poorly I recall details and particularly how I interpreted events at the time.
“Everyone likes to think of memory as this thing that lets us vividly remember our childhoods or what we did last week. But memory is designed to help us make good decisions in the moment and, therefore, memory has to stay up-to-date. The information that is relevant right now can overwrite what was there to begin with.” (Voss)