Dangers of Too Much Thinking
A recent study published in the ‘Science’ journal by AAAS shows that on people who are good at changing their minds and reflect on decisions, the size of certain regions of their brains appear to be larger, compared to individuals who are not introspective.
Act of introspection or ‘think about your mind’ is a key aspect of human consciousness, even though scientists have noted a lot of variation in the ability of people to introspect.
Based on this finding, a group of scientists led by Professor Geraint Rees of University College London, shows that the volume of gray matter in the anterior prefrontal cortex of the brain, located just behind the eyes, is a strong indicator of one’s introspective of having introspective ability.
In addition, the scientists say the structure of white matter connected to this region is also associated with the process of introspection, according to Times Of India.
Researchers found that some people who think too much about their lives, have ‘poor’ memories and they may also experience depression.
However, it remains unclear how the relationship between introspection and two types of brain matter actually work.
In the future, the discovery could help scientists understand how certain brain injury affects the ability of individuals to contemplate their own thoughts and actions.
With such an understanding, finally it could be possible for treat proper to he patients , such as stroke victims or people with serious brain trauma, which may not understand their own condition.
“Take the example of two patients with mental disorders, one being aware of their disease and while the other does not. The first person might take their own medicine, but the other probably not. If we understand self-awareness at the neurological level, then maybe we can also adapt to care and developing a training strategy for patients, “said study co-author, Stephen Fleming of University College London.