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Posted by: Jesus Smith ( )
Date: May 16, 2012 12:53PM


" Psychological research has established that American culture, which values the individual, emphasizes the independence of objects from their contexts, while East Asian societies emphasize the collective and the contextual interdependence of objects. Behavioral studies have shown that these cultural differences can influence memory and even perception. ... In previous behavioral studies of similar tasks, Americans were more accurate on absolute judgments, and East Asians on relative judgments. In the current study, the tasks were easy enough that there were no differences in performance between the two groups.

However, the two groups showed different patterns of brain activation when performing these tasks. Americans, when making relative judgments that are typically harder for them, activated brain regions involved in attention-demanding mental tasks. They showed much less activation of these regions when making the more culturally familiar absolute judgments. East Asians showed the opposite tendency, engaging the brain's attention system more for absolute judgments than for relative judgments. "

Mormons value absolutes and collectiveness (kind of a cross between). Would the fMRI image of a mormon brain show a Moroni trumpeter pattern? lol

Changing the wiring and processing patterns the brain perfoms easily requires a lot of work and time. RfM is here to rewire us.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/16/2012 12:55PM by Jesus Smith.

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Posted by: SusieQ#1 ( )
Date: May 17, 2012 12:52AM

I talk about that process as: Rewriting Automatic Thinking Scripts from Mormon teachings. That's the wiring and processing patterns the brain performs.

It's not easy. It helped me to make a list of over 50 thinking scripts I wanted to change, then delete or change them by choosing to think differently. It was a conscious process from an almost unconscious system. Then I went back a few years later (off and on) to see how I had changed my thinking. My process worked very well for me.

I often talk about "recovery from Mormonism" as a Do It Yourself Project, specifically as an "Exit Process". Or how I Changed My Mind.

It is interesting to study how Americans and Asians, for instance think do differently.

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