What Matters When We Process Information: Culture or Personality?

Hi guys, Today we will discuss how culture and personality play together in aquiring and remembering information. If you have a look at the model below, you should start with perceptual selection.  Whenever somebody is exposed to new information, he or she decides unconsciously whether or not to pay attention to that information. We make that decision based on both,…

Beware! Culture Changes Your Brain Without You Noticing

Your brain is in constant change. With every new experience (meaning: every single moment) connections between the neurons in your brain are created. As a result, the structure of your brain changes all the time.  Scientists call this “neuroplasticity”. Seeing that, our notion of IQ does not really make sense. Since everything we learn recreates our brain, and every time…

Drawing a Clear Picture on Generalizations

A few days ago we had a discussion about mental models. Today I want to add what I learned about the subject from Ed Catmull (President of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation). He tells us how mental models can give you trouble in terms of drawing. How do we know that a char is a chair? Subconsciously we categorize every…

Your Perspective is Never Complete

Your perspective is never complete. Never forget this. I mean, look at the fish. The only thing he can see is the wall. Wow, I feel sorry for him. He must be very lonely. But the humans on the top? They might be able to explore the world, but they still don’t know that in reality they are living on…