"Why?" and "How?" Questions and how the brain processes them....

Andrew T. Austin slightlynervous at NOSPAMbtinternet.com
Tue Mar 13 21:17:14 EST 2001


Thanks for the info.

I am writing papers on the neurological basis of what happens in the brains
of clients receiving hypnosis (more specifically NLP).  From observation,
for example, if you ask a client,  "WHY are you depressed?" you will receive
a lengthy, verbal, analytical report, full of beleifs and `nominalisations`
and `feeling` predicates..

If you were to ask, "HOW are you depressing yourself?"  The report will be
much more sensory specific, and will primarily be laden with `visual`
linguistic predicates.

Thus, it makes me suppose that these question are dealt with in different
areas on the brain, but i might be wrong (it has happened before).


Andrew Austin.

JoshCahoon <joshcahoon at cs.com> wrote in message
news:20010313210410.04518.00001011 at ng-bh1.news.cs.com...
> I can at least say that visual "where" vs "how/what" questions are
processed in
> different areas of the brain, and that these areas are pretty well
> Most visual information goes from our retinas through the thalamus and on
> the primary visual cortex, in the occipital lobe. From there, two main
> processing streams are recognized: the dorsal stream, processing "where",
> up to the parietal lobe; and the ventral stream, processing "what/how"
> information, going down to the lower temporal lobes.  As to how these
> differ qualitatively...well, that's a much more involved issue, I think,
> one that I don't feel up to giving a good answer to. However, I can point
> that these two pathways have very different subsystems that have been
> by brain-damaged patients, among other ways.
> Why didn't I say anything about "why"? Because I don't know. Maybe you
could be
> more specific about what kind of why questions you're interested in. I
> they are diverse enough that different systems subserve different types of
> questions.

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