Thirst AND Knowledge

As a training and performance system, Z-Health is based around the ever-growing field of neuroscience. New discoveries occur daily and new insights are only a journal article away. However, within this deluge of information, one of the most important practices is looking for the unifying threads of information that can help provide an overarching paradigm of neural function. Currently, one of our most foundational paradigms in looking at neural function is that we are hard-wired for survival and not elite performance. There are a multitude of reasons for this concept, but one of the most interesting comes from an obscure application of mathematical theory to the human brain. Bayesian theory, as applied to the human brain, is attempting to come up with a veritable "theory of relativity" about neural functioning. In other words, the scientists who specialize in this field are looking for an equation that "sums up" human brain function into a nice little package. While this may never actually happen, the process has led to some fascinating insights.

Currently, scientists believe that that human brain primarily functions as a massive "predictive" machine. In other words, we are constantly seeking out information about our environment and then intepreting it in an effort to predict what is coming. From a survival perspective, this makes perfect sense - it is far easier to survive danger that you can predict from a distance than to survive the veritable "ambush."

With that in mind, the linked story below is quite fascinating. It details the workings of dopamine - our "pleasure" neurotransmitter - with regards to thirst and to gaining information. While this may sound quite obscure, the article is easy to understand and provides some interesting support for the Bayesian theory noted above. Enjoy!

 

Thirst AND Knowledge

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