Sensitive people not all influenced by culture as reported by a new study

Could this suggest that emotional responses are deeply rooted in older brain structures? Very interesting piece of research, click here for more.

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Comment by christophe morin on June 5, 2010 at 1:02pm
Julie, it was great to see you yesterday. Sorry for the late reply to your question below. Yes, I do believe that a huge portion of our experience is somatic, and most it is controled below our level of consciousness. The direction of our gaze is an interesting example of that. We rarely think consciously about where we put our gaze. We respond to visual stimuli in just a couple of millisecond. Studies show that such movements are actually controlled by our brain stem, the oldest part of our brain. Keep digging!
Comment by Julie Ann Perkins on May 21, 2010 at 10:14am
Thank you, Christophe! This article brought me into the Journal of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Wow, a lot here.
I agree with you, emotional responses and ways of knowing (IQ, EQ and SQ which is Somatic Intelligence) must be constellated by our limbic system and some primary modes of information processing that evolved in pre-mamallian bodies. Interesting that the authors in your article say that 20 percent of other creatures present Highly sensitive responses that are what they are calling adaptive survival strategies. "Scientists estimate that something like high sensitivity is found in approximately 20 percent of more than 100 species, from fruit flies and fish to canines and primates and has evolved as a particular survival strategy that differs from the majority."

And now i wonder how this Neuro team of scientists think that they can really implement "truly interactive paradigms" with this interesting way of studying the gaze and the reciprocal affects if they only involve a simulated face?
So, what about the whole body? Do you agree that a large percent (up to 70 percent or more) of information exchanged is done somatically? Julie P.
The abstract is below:

It’s in your eyes—using gaze-contingent stimuli to create truly interactive paradigms for social cognitive and affective neuroscience
+ Author Affiliations
1Institute of Neurosciences and Medicine, Research Centre Juelich, Juelich, 2Department of Psychiatry, 3Department of Social Psychology, and 4Department of Neurology, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Accepted February 17, 2010.
The field of social neuroscience has made remarkable progress in elucidating the neural mechanisms of social cognition. More recently, the need for new experimental approaches has been highlighted that allow studying social encounters in a truly interactive manner by establishing 'online’ reciprocity in social interaction. In this article, we present a newly developed adaptation of a method which uses eyetracking data obtained from participants in real time to control visual stimulation during functional magnetic resonance imaging, thus, providing an innovative tool to generate gaze-contingent stimuli in spite of the constraints of this experimental setting. We review results of two paradigms employing this technique and demonstrate how gaze data can be used to animate a virtual character whose behavior becomes 'responsive’ to being looked at allowing the participant to engage in 'online’ interaction with this virtual other in real-time. Possible applications of this setup are discussed highlighting the potential of this development as a new 'tool of the trade’ in social cognitive and affective neuroscience.
Key words

* magnetic resonance imaging-compatible interactive eyetracking
* truly interactive paradigms
* gaze feedback
* social cognition

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