My 60 year old father, who is an Psychiatrist, had a meeting with some colleagues, where they discussed their current situation. They came up with the conclusion that they were tired and on the brink to insanity by listening to peoples bs and crap over the last 30 years.. Their brains are filled up with stimuli.. How will our generation look in 40 years..?? We've been listening to bs and crap since we were 3 by means of television, games, constant music, messenger, mobilephones commecials ect... we cant go anywhere without getting stimuli injected into our brains.. Are we on a crack course to insanity, or will we evolve??
... a Psychiatrist's job is to listen to people's as you so sympathetically put 'bs and crap'. If they complain about they aren't very good Psychiatrists. As for your point... I don't feel I'm going insane, and haven't noticed much 'bs and crap'. But what do I know. An insane person would say that too :)
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
i dont think you're even using the word "stimuli" correctly...... Stimuli (plural form of stimulus) are things that cause an organism to perform an activity or start a reaction. anything and everything is a form of stimuli
Im talking about, all the inputs our brain recieves all the time in form of the constant music from your Ipod, the FPS shooter, stupid shows on televison ect.. All theese things create chemical reactions in your brain.. My fathers worry is that it would create some kind of meltdown..
Humans are a product of the combination of Nature and nuture. Our genetic makeup predisposes us toward a certain behavior but nuture, or how we are raised and exposed to determines to a great deal how we respond later in life to teh so called Stimuli.
So in other words due to the nature and nuture parts different people will repsond to the same stimuli in different ways.
An example is music. Some love country music, some think its OK, some dont like it, some cant stand to even hear it.
Not all civilization will collapse due to the "Stimuli".
Im guessing what the Psychiatrists are sick of is people not accepting responsibility for their actions, stupid actions some people do that should be a decision not requiring stress, etc.
That would wear me down.
I am a Computer Tech and I grit my teeth every time I hear the term "Computer Illiterate" as if saying that phrase excuses the owner for every stupid things they have done to the PC.
The environment around humans is changing but the actual amount of stimuli they are receiving through their senses is pretty much constant whatever their environment. Thankfully, as all psychologists are aware, at any one time a human is only processing a tiny percentage of the information available to it, otherwise we would indeed suffer from frequent breakdowns.
NemmerleThe environment around humans is changing but the actual amount of stimuli they are receiving through their senses is pretty much constant whatever their environment.
You dont think the heavily increasing amount off massmedia around us, is increasing the amount of stimuli we recieve??
PietYou dont think the heavily increasing amount off massmedia around us, is increasing the amount of stimuli we recieve??
The raw data carried by the human eye is no different if you're looking at a forest and searching for an animal, as we did thousands of years ago in order to survive, or if you're looking at a TV screen; the same with the sounds we hear and the tastes, touches, smells, that make up our world. The interpretation of these things is certainly no more complex for us to look at, say, an episode of coronation street than it is for us to look at a spear in flight and calculate its fall.
We live in an information rich enviroment, but the basic raw data flow hasn't increased any, the eye still sees the same ammount of colors, the ears still hear the same range of tones. The human mind has fourtunately either been designed or has evolved to selectively filter that information so that we can think about it without being overwhelmed, but even the thinking part does not seem to have dramatically increased.
There are some lower-function autistics where this filter is virtually non-existent and indeed whatever society they lived in it is the case that they would suffer breakdowns as they simply cannot process the information coming into their brain in a selective manner. But there does not seem to be any evidence, either from psychology or from history that would support the idea that the base-line stimuli, that being the amount of raw data entering a person's senses, has increased. Nor does there seem to be any support for the idea that the conscious processing of that data has developed a more complex sequence beyond the brain's ability to cope with that would lead to a 'meltdown.'
Heaven's gonna burn your eyes
16th April 2005
I think that our attention spans are shortening rapidly, and the result of this is probably the influence of television and computers, though primarily television. A shorter attention span is not a better one, and if it continues, then we will have sever problems in the future. I believe that the effects are really being seen now, with the high number of learning difficulties and general impatientness of children in classes. It becomes scary to think that they are in a way mentally underdeveloped and cannot perform the tasks set by society as a result of our inventions, and that the problem will only increase without radical changes to our lifestyles.
Yeah, that seems to be more a case of the instant reward culture though. How much attention span does it take to turn on a TV and then vegetate?