Scientific Proof for Sensing Gaps and Imagining Possibilities


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This is a follow-up post to an article I wrote a few weeks back titled, Creativity: Sensing Gaps and Imagining Possibilities. In the article I hypothesized about how a person’s mind could recognize a gap in a situation and fill in, or imagine, the possibilities. I used examples from my early work experience to shed light on how the mind might work.

In listening to an NPR story on an early morning commute, I was surprised to learn of scientific proof backing the sensing of gaps and imagining possibilities. In the segment Mindreading: Technology Turns Thought into Action the NPR team interviewed researchers who found, “Whether it’s musical phrases or strings of words or scenery we look at, our brains are always filling in missing information.”

In the study, researchers used a technology called ECoG, short for electrocorticography to study the human brain. Among other fascinating finds like how to decode thoughts using the technology, researchers tested how the brain responds to music. After listening to music, then stopping the music, our brain continues to exhibit waveforms just as if the music was playing. The waveforms from after the music stops¬† demonstrates the brain’s attempt to fill in the gaps.

The NPR article was both inspiring and chilling at the same time. Can you imagine a future where a technology could read your mind?

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