You Are Being Watched 24/7

Updated: Apr 14, 2020

Are you a millennial trying to get that promotion? Or a manager, trying to set the bar high?

It’s a fact that your boss and/or employees are subconsciously judging everything you do.

The Journal of Neuroscience published research proving that even when you lose your ability to see (cortical blindness) your amygdala still processes external stimuli.

Your amygdala is the part of the brain that determines whether external stimuli is a threat.

In this study, a subject with full-cortical blindness could detect another person's facial expression. The subject was in the machine and had no visibility and was exposed to gazes directed at him and gazes directed away from him. This happened even though he couldn’t see the other subject’s facial expression.

However, the brain scan indicated that the subject’s amygdala was able to detect when the gaze was directed at and away from him. In other words, it didn't matter that his visual cortex couldn't catch the gaze—another part of his brain did regardless.

We know that our brains and bodies are optimized for survival. But, it’s still shocking to think theunconscious mind processes about 11 million pieces of information per second.

Think twice about that the next time you whip out your computer pretending to “take notes” when you’re really sending emails during a meeting with your boss or employees.

You’re probably not fooling anyone.

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