“We were honestly not expecting to see this kind of cross-aisle effects of pain sensitivity,” said Prof. Lee, who started thinking about the research ideawhile enjoying theoral freezingexperienceinhisdentist’s chair. “When we first found it, we thought it might be a fluke. That’s why we ran a replication study. We found it again. We ran extended replications and follow-up studies. We kept finding it.”
So when you’re creating a memory, the new information goes from the cortex (the part of the brain rich in nerve cells) to the hippocampus (this is a kind of switching point for memories in the brain) The information goes in the opposite direction when we access a memory. The subject is called biological basis of behaviour. Get high and do a deep dive on google, it’s interesting as fuck.
Check out the work by stuart hammerhof and Roger Penrose, very interesting. Some have tried to discredit it as woo woo - except hammerhof is a top anaesthetist and Penrose is one of the smartest physicists alive.
Your brain can re-fire old neural patterns, and it is the combination of areas of your brain being lit up that drive our thoughts. See article - https://neurosciencenews.com/memory-science-22803/
Think of your brain like a computer hard-drive. Some sections are very heavily 'write protected' as they save critical information. For example, knowing how to breathe. These are patterns your brain needs to always reliably refire off, no matter what, so they get saved in specific 'non-plastic' areas.
On the other hand, some parts are more akin to RAM memory and are prone to being overwritten. For example, you are out of milk and should get some more, or where you left your car keys. Annoying as these things are, it is good to keep some brain 'plasticity' as this helps you with stuff like creativity and reasoning. Children have a metric fuck-ton of this stuff, which is v. important for learning and adapting to the world.
With enough repetition, your brain gets better at recreating a certain pattern - or forming a memory or an idea. Sometimes, you will be better at remembering something because a certain brain area was provoked, such as pain. If a lion mauled your arm off, it would really fucking hurt and make you instantly fearful of big cats. On the other hand, if I gave you a veerrrryyy boring 2 hour lecture on the dangers of lions instead? You would be fine with a trip to the kitty exhibit at the local zoo, simply because I left a very weak 'print' on your mind.
Apophenia can be considered a commonplace effect of brain function. Taken to an extreme, however, it can be a symptom of psychiatric dysfunction, for example, as a symptom in paranoid schizophrenia, where a patient sees hostile patterns (for example, a conspiracy to persecute them) in ordinary actions.
Apophenia is also typical of conspiracy theories, where coincidences may be woven together into an apparent plot.