Autistic brain is more random than neurotypical brain.

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31 Oct 2010, 9:39 pm

At least that was the conclusion of this study.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_o ... archtype=a



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31 Oct 2010, 10:11 pm

I don't understand this article, it's too scientific.



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31 Oct 2010, 10:26 pm

According to that report, it would seem the difference is only slight, though statistically significant. I don't find the results terribly surprising, considering how autistic individuals are often accused of saying things "out of nowhere." Perhaps there's a relation.


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31 Oct 2010, 11:10 pm

That's really interesting. Thanks for posting the link.


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31 Oct 2010, 11:33 pm

Kaybee wrote:
According to that report, it would seem the difference is only slight, though statistically significant. I don't find the results terribly surprising, considering how autistic individuals are often accused of saying things "out of nowhere." Perhaps there's a relation.


I don't find it surprising either, as most of my thoughts are out of nowhere....well...that's not
entirely true. They originate from my brain of course.

A more curious question is, why should they not be a little random?



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01 Nov 2010, 2:23 am

I'm always having random thoughts too or seemingly random. Sometimes I make connections between subjects people don't think about, and would at first glance appear to be unrelated. For example everyone talks about how China is going to become the world's next superpower. Very early on when people were starting to talk about this I said "wait a minute what about how global warming will lead to massive flooding and completely destroy China's economy?" I said that Canada is more likely to be the world's next superpower because coastal flooding will be offset by gains in fertile land and access to the Arctic Ocean, and everyone laughed at the idea. There are more reasons I suspect Canada is on its way to being the world's next superpower, but I don't want to get too off topic.

There's a conventional formula that other people are following where when they consider whether something is going to be a superpower they weed out information subconsciously that is deemed "irrelevant". Because the media focuses on China's "growing economy" and its military most people's brains ignore what they know about "global warming" when thinking about whether China is going to be a superpower.



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01 Nov 2010, 5:14 am

Chronos wrote:
Kaybee wrote:
According to that report, it would seem the difference is only slight, though statistically significant. I don't find the results terribly surprising, considering how autistic individuals are often accused of saying things "out of nowhere." Perhaps there's a relation.


I don't find it surprising either, as most of my thoughts are out of nowhere....well...that's not
entirely true. They originate from my brain of course.

A more curious question is, why should they not be a little random?


Yep.

I suspect that creative people have a degree of associational thinking that ties seemingly disparate things together; this could appear random at the surface.

I'd speculate that this non-neurotypical layout is simply that there are more connections off the main pathways.



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02 Nov 2010, 12:42 am

When I hear something, I get "stuck" on certain elements of it.



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02 Nov 2010, 1:17 am

I am regularly found guilty of saying things from out of the blue. Sometimes
I'll deliberately find a link to merge the topic of conversation to what's on
my mind.



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02 Nov 2010, 10:05 am

bucephalus wrote:
I am regularly found guilty of saying things from out of the blue. Sometimes
I'll deliberately find a link to merge the topic of conversation to what's on
my mind.


I do that too. :) My mind is always going nonstop. I wonder if this makes it in fact more random, or just appear more random?


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02 Nov 2010, 10:09 am

bucephalus wrote:
I am regularly found guilty of saying things from out of the blue. Sometimes
I'll deliberately find a link to merge the topic of conversation to what's on
my mind.


Or regularly have to explain links that are not obvious.



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02 Nov 2010, 11:26 am

my brains a :pig:


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02 Nov 2010, 11:59 am

i do not believe in randomness.



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02 Nov 2010, 12:29 pm

Kaspie wrote:
bucephalus wrote:
I am regularly found guilty of saying things from out of the blue. Sometimes
I'll deliberately find a link to merge the topic of conversation to what's on my mind.

I do that too. :) My mind is always going nonstop. I wonder if this makes it in fact more random, or just appear more random?

Same here. The seeming randomness is actually more like an illusion we are continually trying to resolve.


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02 Nov 2010, 12:45 pm

wornlight wrote:
i do not believe in randomness.


There are some sub-atomic particle physicists that would disagree with you. But that's an entirely different thread.