Change Your Mind

Preconceived beliefs trump logic and reality A recent study by Kyoto University researchers found that your brain sometimes sees what it wants rather than what is actually there. The study involved using virtual mazes with MRI scans of brain activity while subjects were being asked to navigate through the maze.

The research investigated whether a person’s preconceptions could be represented in brain activity. Findings indicated that “when people try to get from one place to another, they ‘foresee’ the upcoming landscape in their minds”, says author Yumi Shikauchi.

The study showed that the human sense of objectivity could be overridden by preconception, even when those expectations were wrong. That is, expectations impact on your ability to think logically. So, can you let those expectations go? Ommmm.

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