Accidental Mind – Tidbit 1

18 Aug

I’ve been reading The Accidental Mind by JHU neuroscience expert Dr. David Linden. So far, I’ve found his explanations illuminating… and I’ve chucked at his randomly-inserted quips involving Elvis, Richard Simmons, and everybody’s own version of an ‘Aunt Matilda’. I’ve decided to post some noteworthy excerpts here to give you all a taste, but you should really just go buy a copy. :)

From pg 108-109, a bit about why emotion is essential to our everyday thought processes:

“We need a signal to say, ‘This is an important memory. Write this down and underline it.’ That signal is emotion. (…) These are the building blocks that form logic, reasoning, social cognition, and decision making. These are the memories that confer your individuality. And that function, memory indexed by emotion, more than anything else, is what a brain is good for.”

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