Friday, September 12, 2014

Mental resonance is analogue to the corresponding phenomena in material systems

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In oscillating driven systems resonance is the increasing of the amplitude at certain specific frequencies. At resonant frequencies the amplitude of the response is maximal. The reason for the phenomena is the system's ability to store, transform and transmit energy. For example, swings have a natural frequency of oscillation, on which they produce greater amplitude. What is so interesting is that this phenomenon has been observed in biological systems and emotional animals. In animals and people resonance entails an enhanced emotional response to specific situations,

A beautiful example of temporal interference of the mind is described by Wikipedia. People are given a chance to play a game in which there is an equal chance of winning $200 or losing $100. After the first game, they are given a choice to play the second round. Unexpectedly, the response is dependent on their knowing the outcome of the first game. Whether people are told, they won the first play or lost the first play, the majority of people choose to play the second round. This is in contrast to the common expectation that the second round should be independent of the first round of play. Yet ignorant of the result of the first round, people choose not to play the second time. This finding violates the law of total probability, yet it can be explained as a quantum interference effect like the explanation of the results of two-hole experiments in physics. (In this experiment the photon travels through two slits on its way toward a screen and produces interference pattern there.) Only knowing the score equals interaction. Without information about the results, the situation remains open, unexamined. Although the phenomenon is often difficult to recognize, it can take many forms, such as a scientific search for an elusive particle, hunting for a wild game or waiting for a lost love. Without the certainty ‘knowing’ the mind is in quantum limbo and retains the ability for interference.

The reason for the above phenomena is the self-regulating nature of the mind. Emotional animals have elementary particle features and can exhibit resonance and temporal interference behavior. Mental interference is an energy redistribution process whereby personal emotional tendencies are exaggerated or extinguished. In other words, interference only exaggerates the curiosity and a narrow, restless focus. Mental interference occurs over time.  Advertisements take advantage of this and try to spur action (buying) in a short time window. This momentary energy peak is utilized by some salespeople, who pressure people into a quick purchase. For example, you might admire your friend's new phone. A reminder of the experience by an advertisement creates an interference, which prompts buying decision. You do not have to consciously remember the first incident. Such interference produces social phenomena by way of temporal waves and bursts. Positive interference often leads to exaggerated interest, such as an investment bubble. However, over time, negative interference extinguishes enthusiasm and produce avoidance.

Mental interference occurs in our everyday lives. Degraded surroundings induce delinquent behavior, and smelling of household cleaners promotes cleanliness; playing violent video games increases aggressivity, but prosocial games encourage friendliness. Understanding the above phenomenon better can help you make more thoughtful decisions.

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