Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I believe that many people form their own form of phrenology. I use to think that certain parts of the brain handle certain thoughts. Now I know that the parts have different functions but work together to form thought. I was also fascinated by the ideas of bumps increasing certain parts. Can people not be gifted in parts of the inner brain? Does size matter. There exists a slight correlation in size of brain and intelligence, but there is outliers. I can see why people would think that phrenology is real. There was obviously an expectancy bias and any evidence to the contrary could easily be worked around by redefining brain parts. The study of the belief of phrenology could be its own psychological research. While looking at the old models of the phrenologic brain I would like to point out that not all different functions were listed. In addition, some were way to specific and biased to time and place of the creators. Do those who believe in multiple gods not have the part of the brain for believing in one god. In addition, I have to assume that the creators of the models knew they were guessing. It must involved a little bit of cognitive ignorance. After all, there is no reason to believe that bakery and accounting math need different parts of the brain exclusively. Biologically, this theory is flawed, because parts of the brain would not have been created at a certain time but be the result of a past environment. Also, how could psycho-dynamic forces exist in a cookie cutter brain.