Emotional Priming

Emotional priming depends on the degree of conscious experience. At a high level, meditation strengthens the part of your brain responsible for willpower, rational decision-making, focus, and emotional control.

Emotional Priming and The Role of Brain

At a high level, meditation strengthens the part of your brain responsible for willpower, rational decision-making, focus, and emotional control. This region is called the neocortex, but you can think of it as the Upstairs Brain.

Meditation allows you to gain conscious control over the more instinctual, primal parts of the brain, which may lead you astray. These regions are known as the reptilian brain and limbic system, and you can think of them as the Downstairs Brain.

The Downstairs Brain evolved to help your lizard ancestors find food and mates, while the Upstairs Brain developed more recently to help humans socialize and plan for the future.

In an ideal world, the Upstairs Brain would serve as an authoritative master and we would make only rational decisions. In reality, the opposite is often true. The Upstairs Brain is in a constant tug-of-war with the Downstairs Brain.

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About FitMind Founder

Liam received a B.A. from Yale and worked in finance before traveling to Asia to study meditation full-time. He was diagnosed with OCD and ADHD as a child and overcame these disorders primarily using his meditation training.

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