Let us get right to it. My studies on psychology are really taking me on a lovely wild ride, and I would love you to share the experience with me. Imagine yourself on a flying magic carpet. We are going to take a quick but sweet ride through the “dual track mind.” This following quote is from Psychology 1: Exploring Psychology (college text book) by David Myers and C.Nathan De Wall. These gentlemen share exciting knowledge on the human brain and mind. After contemplating on this short article feel free to share your thoughts. You can also find me on instagram. Link on sidebar.
“80 to 90 percent of what we do is unconscious,” says Nobel Laureate and memory expert Eric Kandel (2008). We are understandably inclined to believe that our intentions and deliberate choices rule our lives. But, consciousness, though enabling us to exert voluntary control and to communicate our mental states to others, is but the tip of the information-processing iceberg. Being intensely focused on an activity (such at reading this chapter we’d love to think) increases your total brain activity no more than 5 percent above its base line rate. And even when you rest, activity whirls inside your head (Raichle, 2010) (p.86).
According to Myers and DeWall “perception, memory, thinking, language, and attitudes all operate on two levels” (p. 85). They explain, the mind operates on two tracks— the high or reflective track, and the low intuitive track. Hence the nickname dual-track mind. Here is a quote by Myers on the lower-intuitive mind (borrowed from a de Gelder statement made in 2010).
The dual-track mind also appeared in a patient who lost all of his left visual cortex, leaving him blind to objects and faces presented on the right side of his field of vision. He nevertheless could sense the emotion expressed in faces which he did not consciously perceive… Such findings suggest that brain areas below the cortex are processing emotion-related information” (p.85).
This implies that the human eye serves other senses. Sight is not its only talent. The eye also has the potential to surmise (without the aid of actual sight) what emotion or attitude another person is emitting. They also share that the brain “is a device for converting consciousness into unconscious knowledge” (p. 85). The brain processes consciousness bidirectionally. It takes conscious experience, and hands it over to the unconscious, and it take unconscious experience and delivers it to the conscious mind. The magic ride is descending, hold on, breath rhythmically, and imagine a smooth landing while reading the next quote. “ How the synchronized activity produces awareness— how matter makes mind— remains a mystery” (85).
The implications of this information, published in our college texts—hidden in plain sight — are amazing. For those of us who feel excitement over such findings and over the findings yet to be found on the nature of the human psyche the pasture is green.