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Low Latent Inhibition

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Low latent inhibition

absolutely no sense of self worth, the loss of both parent’s love very often does that to a child.

with low latent inhibition, very attuned to all the suffering around him. He couldn’t shut it out. He became rescue. one of those people who are more concerned with other people’s wekfare than their own,

Most people are able to shut out the constant stream of incoming stimuli, but those with low latent inhibition cannot. It is hypothesized that a low level of latent inhibition can cause either psychosis, a high level of creativity or both, which is usually dependent on the subject’s intelligence. Those of above average intelligence are thought to be capable of processing this stream effectively, an ability that greatly aids their creativity and ability to recall trivial events in incredible detail and which categorizes them as almost creative geniuses. Those with less than average intelligence, on the other hand, are less able to cope, and so as a result are more likely to suffer from mental illness. Still, very many individuals who have a high level of intelligence and low latent inhibition suffer from mental differences.

High levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine (or its agonists) in the brain are thought to lower latent inhibition. Certain dysfunctions of the neurotransmitters glutamate, serotonin and acetylcholine have also been implicated, and the glutamate hypothesis of schizophrenia is increasingly being seen as an alternative to the classic dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia.

Well, Latent Inhibition is the facility that allows us to filter out superfluous incoming data to the brain. It ensures that we register what’s around us on a “need to know” sort of basis, thus saving our brains and ourselves from mental overload. Most people, when entering a room for the first time (let’s say when visiting someone) will make one of the seats figural in their mind. Having somewhere to sit is their main objective in the moment. Once seated, they may look at their host, begin a conversation, look around the room. If invited to a drink, they may see what they prefer from the choices they are given. This, apparently, is a vital part of our wiring necessary to ensure survival. It would not be useful, when being attacked by a raging tiger, to be equally interested in the sunlight dancing in the droplets of saliva that are sliding slowly down its teeth. And, additionally, for that to be only one of ten pieces of data that one was simultaneously noticing. The chances of survival, in such circumstances, could be perceived as being rather slim.

However this is precisely the process in which the person with Low Latent Inhibition is permanently engaging. They are not filtering anything out. When they enter a room for the first time, they will be as alert to the tiny flecks on the pattern on the carpet as the slight swallowing in the throat that came with the offer of tea. As they made an initial, and cursory, scan of the room they will have taken in its every aspect and each perception will, to them, have equal and simultaneous emphasis. Alongside each of these simultaneous perceptions of physical phenomena, will be memories, associations, daydreams and thoughts. Each moment is an island within a constant stream of information.

So, what’s the connection with madness and creativity? There are some who cannot cope with the constant stream, some who can cope with it extremely well, and some who have learned to surf upon it in order to create – art, novels, mathematical formulae, music, poetry. Here’s how mathematician Henri Polincaré described a creative breakthrough: “Ideas rose in crowds; I felt them collide until pairs interlocked, so to speak, making a stable combination.” (Poetic, yes……?)


Author: Irwan Kurniawan

I keep walking the paveway Look up to the gray sky A drop of rain fall on my nose Will today be raining?

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