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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Low latent inhibition

I just saw a (fictional) TV show that talked about a wacky psychological condition called low latent inhibition, and how it can affect people with high IQ. I thought that it was gobbledegook, but actually there is similar research. Weird.

Animal experiments in the 1950s led to this:
In the latent inhibition (LI) paradigm, nonreinforced preexposure to a stimulus retards subsequent conditioning to that stimulus.
This means that if you observe something and decide that it is not important, then you tend to ignore it the next time you see it. But high IQ folks may not ignore it:
"This means that creative individuals remain in contact with the extra information constantly streaming in from the environment," says co-author and U of T psychology professor Jordan Peterson. "The normal person classifies an object, and then forgets about it, even though that object is much more complex and interesting than he or she thinks. The creative person, by contrast, is always open to new possibilities."
On the TV show, the guy with the low latent inhibition had the floor plans to his prison tattooed on his body so that he could devise an escape.