Neuro Psychology Hypothesis
Emotional stimulus, Innovation & Intuitiveness
Hypothesis: That stimulus both internally and externally generated, can draw cognitive processing along pathways not generally used, leading to enhanced abilities in Innovation and Intuitiveness.
Let’s begin with the basic building blocks..
An intuitive answer I believe is the conscious realization (“Eureka”) of a “bridge” between two or many connective pieces/chunks of information peculating in the semi or subconscious. This effectively provides a causeway to the solution of an underlying issue.
Intuition appears to be latent thinking, which is codified/embedded thinking that becomes the framework/construct(s) of the mind allowing the user (by a method like triangulation) to project the likely solution. The ability to project the answer through this “triangulation” concept is essentially using the different nodes on the framework(s) to in parallel project the likely answer (At a subconscious level). These different nodes exist as outputs from different processing parts of the brain (E.g. Emotional & Cognitive areas).
The ability to have heightened and useful intuition seems to be a function of how well the logical framework is built in the mind; as over your lifetime as you work through all your reflective phases, you constantly attenuate and build logical extensions to this framework. It should be noted (Although you probably already know this) that many frameworks can be built and these can be connected. Likewise, at some point(s) certain frameworks require reconstruction and the building of better logical foundations.
Intuition to me, is instantaneous autosuggestion, this from my own experience tends to occur when I have a problem that requires many parameters to be met at the same time... and a Eureka! solution just appears, without iteratively working through many/any combinations. What I'd call "Strong form Intuition".
When a problems' solution pops into my mind, say a few days or even months later, I believe this might be more my subconscious slowly turning the problem over. Once the code is cracked, it gets dumped into my consciousness. Although, it is probable that intuition (framework) and subconscious thinking are working in tandem at this level.
I also think there are lower priority problems that require solutions, these are parked in the subconscious, and are solved when the conscious makes an observation, or receives information that clicks with the stored problem and this then solves the subconscious problem and therefore is dumped back into the conscious mind. This is what I'd call "Weak form intuition".
Ok, back to the main topic....
Becoming intuitively creative.
Often we hear of emotional artisans (depressives) creating notable pieces of music and so forth. We hear of song writers using mind altering substances and even the likes of Einstein listening to and playing classical music helping his creativity.
So what's new about all of the above? Well, nothing really.
However, let's step into some very rudimentary Neuro Psychology / Neuro Science.
Consider the following article, relating to music and brain activity. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7074695.stm
"What the scientists found was that while activity rose, as expected, in the auditory part of the brain, it correspondingly fell in the visual part. As the task was made harder and harder, the non-musicians carried on diverting more and more activity away from the visual parts of the brain to the auditory side, as they struggled to concentrate".
So, if various external stimuli can change emphasis and blood flow from various processing centers of the brain and the brain can become more specialized with experience; then, what could be the effects of long term chemical imbalances in the brain?
What if rational and analyzing thoughts were routed through, or indeed pulled into various parts of the brains processing functions that dealt with emotional stimulus on a regular and variable basis, just as with the change in blood flow? (Remember, this is left brain logic passing through more right brain areas on a detour). E.g. could long term depression create significant rerouting of left brain thinking into different areas?
Could the brain through experience begin utilizing these differing routes to process cognitive thoughts, or indeed that cognitive thoughts become blended/reconfigered/reflected/morphed?
What if the brain started using these multitudes of pathways to gain differing perspectives on the same logical argument?
What if the brain makes copies of thoughts and passes them through various activated parts of the brain to get a clearer picture of what is causing the body “stress”. (It overlays the resulting feedback).
So, if these multitudes of pathways can be accessed and processed in parallel, and blended.... Then this may well enhance left brain Intuition and Innovation?
You might also find this second article on reprogramming the mind of interest Neuro Psychological Reprogramming
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