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Connecting and synchronizing minds

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 November 2017

 


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Connecting and synchronizing minds
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Posted DateMonday 27 November 2017 16:27 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I happened to notice that the theme for Expo 2020 Dubai was Connecting Minds and I was drawn to the metaphor of connecting minds.

So I googled a little and found a fascinating neuroscience research paper - Speaker-listener neural coupling underlies successful communication. See Good connection really does lead to mind meld for a less technical overview and note the excerpt below (my emphasis in bold).

They found that speaking and listening used common rather than separate neural subsystems inside each brain.

Even more striking was an overlap between the brains of speaker and listener.

When post-scan interviews found that stories had resonated, scans showed a complex interplay of neural call and response, as if language were a wire between test subjects' brains.


It seems good conversation really does connect minds.



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