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Your Brain Looks Like a Mondrian Grid Painting
We tend to think of the brain as a giant lump of gray matter, as a marvelously complex structure that controls consciousness and intelligence. But what if the human brain is just a giant 3D grid, with neurons hooked together in an orderly structure of repeating parallel and perpendicular lines? That's the conclusion of a team of researchers at the NIH's Human Connectome Project. As part of a comprehensive project to create a map of the human brain using MRI techniques, they found that the brain’s neurons are hooked together in a series of parallel and perpendicular lines and there are no diagonals. Your brain, for lack of a better word, is a grid.
All of this, of course, has fascinating implications for anyone attempting to understand the complex relationship between the structure of the brain and its functionality. Knowing that the grid is the language of the brain opens up all kinds of new possibilities in fields ranging from artificial intelligence to neuroscience and neurosurgery. Imagine being able to find solutions to mental illnesses, or understanding how mystical states such as “consciousness” arise from a bunch of neurons hooked together. Maybe the key to increasing our own intelligence is as easy as re-engineering our brain's grid. The NIH researchers now theorize that the brain begins to form when a human is still an early fetus, growing over time into an orderly, grid-like structure. All those advanced courses you took in high school and college? Presumably, they're just adding a few more lines to your brain's grid.
Certainly, anyone attempting to replicate human intelligence with artificial neural networks will be paying attention. For years, computer scientists have attempted to replicate the functioning of human intelligence by creating artificial neural networks that mimic the complex connections between the brain's 100 billion neurons. The hard part, of course, was knowing how to connect all those neurons and then "grow" them over time in response to stimuli and learning. Is the hard part of creating these artificial neural networks over, now that we have a map of the human brain and know it's just an orderly grid structure? It's like having a human genome map for the brain.
What's fascinating is that it may be possible to create different "flavors" of intelligence and consciousness. The NIH researchers didn't just MRI the human brain, they mapped the structure of the monkey brain as well. Not surprisingly, they found the brains of monkeys also are arranged as orderly grids. Which intuitively makes sense, when you consider that monkeys share much of our DNA: why shouldn’t their brains be hard-wired the same way? Think of each brain as a different Mondrian grid painting: they all look roughly the same, they are all obviously the work of the same creator, but there are different nuances in the interplay of line, color and form. Presumably, the human brain would be Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie – a magical combination of grid lines that seems to evoke emotion and intelligence.
You can see where I'm going with this. Thinking about our brains as Mondrian grid paintings, full of parallel and perpendicular lines, could get us to think differently about how we were created and how we evolved. (gulp) Throughout history, new scientific studies have altered our perceptions of our bodies and our minds. For example, Carl Zimmer's wonderful book Soul Made Flesh recounts how emerging techniques in neuroscience led to entirely new conceptions of our brains as "the very seat of the human soul." The same type of re-thinking may occur now, as techniques from neuroscience combine with genome sequencing to impact how we think about the human brain. Who knows? Maybe we really are living in the Matrix and God is just some machine playing a giant game of connect the neurons.
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The team caught a glimpse of a process that takes 18,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 years.
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Humans are particularly prone to shiver when a group does or thinks the same thing at the same time.
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Certain colors are globally linked to certain feelings, the study reveals.
- Color psychology is often used in marketing to alter your perception of products and services.
- Various studies and experiments across multiple years have given us more insight into the link between personality and color.
- The results of a new study spanning 6 continents (30 nations) shows universal correlations between colors and emotions around the globe.
The root of color psychology<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9e40cf62fa8922fcca6c57e2fcb215b6"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OM4fXB23pCQ?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>There is a very likely chance you've even been "fooled" by color marketing in the past, or you've chosen one product over another subconsciously due to colors that were designed to influence your emotions.<br></p><p>Companies that want to be known for being dependable often use blue in their logos, for example (Dell, HP, IBM). Companies that want to be perceived as fun and exciting go for a splash of orange (Fanta, Nickelodeon, even Amazon). Green is associated with natural, peaceful emotions and is often used by companies like Whole Foods and Tropicana. </p><p><strong>Your favorite color says a lot about your personality. </strong></p><p>Various studies and experiments across multiple years (<a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/49595886_Personality_Traits_and_Colour_Preferences" target="_blank">2010</a>, <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jopy.12087" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2014</a>, <a href="http://oaji.net/articles/2015/1170-1448038739.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2015</a>, and more recently in <a href="https://www.verywellmind.com/color-psychology-2795824#modern-research-on-color-psychology" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2019</a>) have given us more insight into the link between your personality and your favorite color.</p><p>Red, for example, is considered a bold color and is associated with feelings such as excitement, passion, anger, danger, energy, and love. The personality traits of this color might be someone who is bold, a little impulsive, and who loves adventure. </p><p>Orange, on the other hand, is considered representative of creativity, happiness, and freedom. The personality traits of this color can be fun, playful, cheerful, nurturing, and productive. Read more about color psychology and personalities <a href="https://bigthink.com/mind-brain/color-personality-psychology?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2" target="_self">here</a>.</p>
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Certain colors are globally ties to certain emotions, the study reveals.
Image by agsandrew on Shutterstock<p>In this particular survey, participants were asked to fill out an online questionnaire which involved assigning 20 emotions to 12 different color terms. They were also asked to specify the intensity with which they associated the color term with the emotion.</p><p><strong>Certain colors are globally linked to certain emotions, the study reveals.</strong></p><p>The results of this study showed a few definite correlations between colors and emotions throughout the globe. Red, for example, is the only color that is strongly associated with both negative (anger) and positive (love) feelings. Brown, on the other end of the spectrum, is the color that triggers the fewest emotions globally.<br></p><p>The color white is closely associated with sadness in China, while purple is what is closely associated with sadness in Greece. This can be traced back to the roots of each culture, with white being worn at funerals in China and dark purple being the Greek Orthodox Church's color of mourning. </p><p>Yellow is more associated with joy, specifically in countries that see less sunshine. Meanwhile, its association with joy is weaker in areas that have greater exposure to sunshine. </p><p><a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200910150247.htm" target="_blank">According to Dr. Oberfeld-Twistel</a>, it is difficult to say exactly what the causes for global similarities and differences are. "There is a range of possible influencing factors: language, culture, religion, climate, the history of human development, the human perceptual system."</p>