New research done at UNSW School of Psychology and reported in the journal Nature reveals that our brain thinks of taking a decision ahead of we being aware of them.
People were asked to freely choose between red and green visual patterns, one horizontal and other vertical. Based on the brain activity of the participants, the scientists were able to know 11 seconds before hand what response they were likely to make based on the brain patterns observed in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The Director of Future Minds Lab at UNSW where the study was conducted is of the view that previous brain activity influences the present decision making without the individual becoming aware of it.
The research findings may imply we have less control over our impulses but it would be wrong to assume that all our choices are made without our awareness. Nevertheless, the new findings may have some applications in treating mental disorders that manyinvolve thought intrusions that use mental imagery.