Sure, we have all thought at one point or another that we had a special connection with someone but is that kind of connection real? Well apparently, it can be for some people.
Princeton University Neuroscientist, Uri Hasson has found something quite interesting in his work that has my mind blown. Back in 2011, he carried out a study to see if he could examine the process of cognition and how we connect to one another. For his research, he and his team looked at the brain scans of people who were telling a story and people listening to the story. While one was listening and the other was speaking they were able to find that both were operating on the same wavelength.
They were carrying out two completely different brain functions all the while being on such a similar level. This gave them both a better understanding and most likely make them feel connected on some level. This is a very interesting phenomenon that happens more often than not.
“Sometimes when you speak with someone, you get the feeling that you cannot get through to them, and other times you know that you click. When you really understand each other, your brains become more similar in responses over time.”
Interesting now, isn’t it? The people Hasson researched had their brains scanned using an MRI machine and the machines produced images that showed the blood flow to different parts of their brains. This indicated where activity is increasing as they are performing their task. Through this, he and his team were able to use the brain responses of each person producing speech to predict the brain responses of the person listening.
“Cognitive neuroscience experiments typically isolate human or animal subjects from their natural environment by placing them in a sealed quiet room where interactions occur solely with a computer screen.”
“In everyday life, however, we spend most of our time interacting with other individuals… There is no way to understand the brain without understanding how it interacts with other brains.”
“Think about language, for example – I did not invent English, but rather learned to speak by interacting with other native English speakers.”
“you see a lot of overlap between the production and comprehension systems, to the extent that one can think that maybe the brain has one system, not two, that knows how to produce and understand language.”
The fact that we are able to click in this way is monumental to me. Have you ever experienced something like described above? This makes so much sense and really has me thinking.