Compression makes it possible for your brain to think abstractly
A note for Lesson no. 7, "Our Brains Can Create Reality," in Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 116 is:
...compression makes it possible for your brain to think abstractly...
Some scientists propose that abstractions are multimodal, meaning they include information from all senses; others propose that abstractions are amodal, meaning they include no sense data.
For a defense of the amodal hypothesis, see this reference.
For a defense of the multimodal hypothesis, see these references and chapter 6 of How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.
- Mahon, Bradford Z., and Alfonso Caramazza. 2008. "A Critical Look At the Embodied Cognition Hypothesis and a New Proposal for Grounding Conceptual Content." Journal of Physiology-Paris 102 (1-3): 59–70.
- Barsalou, Lawrence W. "Grounded Cognition." 2008. Annual Review of Psychology 59: 617–645.
- Stein, Barry E., and Terrence R. Stanford. 2008. "Multisensory Integration: Current Issues From the Perspective of the Single Neuron." Nature Reviews Neuroscience 9 (4): 255–266.
- Murray, Micah M., and Mark T. Wallace. 2012. The Neural Bases of Multisensory Processes. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis.
- Barrett, Lisa Feldman. 2017. How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, chapter 6. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
- Peelen, Marius V., Anthony P. Atkinson, and Patrik Vuilleumier. 2010. "Supramodal Representations of Perceived Emotions in the Human Brain." Journal of Neuroscience 30 (30): 10127–10134.
- Mesulam, M-Marsel. 1998. "From Sensation to Cognition." Brain: A Journal of Neurology 121 (6): 1013–1052.
- Mesulam, M.-Marsel. 2000. "Behavioral Neuroanatomy: Large-Scale Networks, Association Cortex, Frontal Syndromes, the Limbic System, and Hemispheric Specializations." In Principles of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology, second edition, edited by M.-Marsel Mesulam, 1–120. Oxford: Oxford University Press.