Know what houses in America and Europe sell better than others? The haunted house. Yes, contrary to popular subjects of horror films. One of the reasons for this behavior of adults is their desire to come into contact with something supernatural. It is not surprising that people who are struggling to see ghosts, sooner or later meet with them. As Professor of psychology of Knox College, USA, Dr. Frank McAndrew in his article for Psychology Today, the human brain is programmed to see ghosts. So even despite the fact that there is no evidence of the existence of ghosts, people who believe in them, really can see them.
As the brain is deceiving us?
We are accustomed always to rely on their own experience and on information about the world, which gives us the brain. Not surprisingly, experiencing hallucinations, the first reaction is the desire to believe in them. If you see or feel the presence of loved one who have long left this world and trust your perceptions then you will be much easier to believe in what you see ghosts in your brain deceives you.
The brain is a hard job. Information from the outside world bombarding his confusing signals. Eyes perceive color, ears — sound, skin perceives touch. The brain works to sort out this mess. Scientists call this work the processing of incoming information. The human brain is so good at it that sometimes finds meaning in meaningless things. This effect is known as pareidolia. You experience it every time when you look at clouds and see bunnies, ships or persons. Or look at the moon and see a face on it.
If you pay close attention to a huge number of signals coming from the environment, we are unlikely to fully function. So the brain selects for us the most important information. But the rest of the information supplements independently. Scientists note that the vast majority of the perceived information from the outside is filling the gaps in the brain. Sometimes what we see is not what actually is. This is a picture that the brain paints for us based on the signalscaught by eyes. The same applies to the other senses. In most cases, this picture is accurate. But sometimes the brain adds things that aren’t there. The results of a study published in the journal of the American Psychological Association (APA) confirmed selective blindness to information perceived by the brain.
What do the Ghostbusters?
I’m sure many at least once misunderstood the words of some songs. In such cases, the brain fills the song’s meaning, which it was not. Interestingly, however, the more likely you will continue to hear the wrong lyrics even after you learn the correct.