How the brain works?

Emovera appears to be configured to how the brain works.

Emovera’s core algorithm is Reported Intensity (RI) minus Baseline Intensity (BI) equals Clarified Intensity (CI). Emotional responses with highest CI are found and proven to generate aha! insight and energy that most predictively and prescriptively inspire and motivate new adaptive behavior.

At the same time, the purpose of the brain appears to be novelty detection. The supreme survival value of recognizing novelty in the prehistoric savannah, and also in today’s ever-changing, fast-changing, more-changing world, is undeniable.

Against the background of ordinary sensory stimulation that creates a flood of cortical activity, two recent developments in neuroscience appear to provide the supportive literature and experimental tools to test novelty detection in the way Emovera hypothesizes the brain to work.

In 2004 Mark Jung-Beeman and John Kounios published their neuroimaging study on the aha! moment, long the subject of psychological interest and academic inquiry. As a result, experimental conditions and controls now exist to study this phenomenon in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) protocols.

In 2009 Marcus Raichle observed that when fMRI test subjects were told to relax between experimental conditions, a consistent and unique area of the brain became active. He termed this brain area the ‘default network’. Despite its name, it soon became recognized as an important component of brain circuitry. The default network could be reliably and routinely activated whenever test subjects were asked to relax and allow their mind to wander. The close resemblance of default network activity to autobiographical memory has been established and reinforced by subsequent fMRI studies. For example, the default network activity of older people has been found to be greater than that of younger people. Since autobiographical memory is the known province of older people, it now makes more sense that novelty detection is the known province of younger people. The question naturally arises, which age group would be expected to find Emovera more helpful?

The Emovera hypothesis to test in fMRI protocols is the following: Reported Intensity (RI) instantiates cortical stimulation. Baseline Intensity (BI) instantiates default network activity. Clarified Intensity (CI) instantiates aha! network activity.

The Emovera reasoning is that cortical stimulation leads to an unholy mix of conscious and subconscious emotional responses, which need to be filtered (or clarified) to identify the stimulus of greatest survival value. The autobiographical memory of the default network works precisely as the information filter needed to extract clutter and bias from cortical stimulation to preserve the most novel aspect of cortical stimulation for further behavioral processing. In more detailed neuroanatomy, the brain makes a calculation like Emovera’s algorithm RI — BI = CI to prioritize the most novel emotional response. Finally, the most novel emotional response is processed upward in the brain, where it may or may not be consciously manifested in the aha! network on its way to being fully manifested in the behavioral machinery of the brain.

Queries regarding the testing of the above hypothesis can be sent to tom@emovera.com.