May 11, 2013
CEREBRART – INTENTIONAL CHAOS
Schizophrenia is a mental illness that seriously affects intentions. People with schizophrenia have difficulty in creating own and interpreting others' intentions. Human actions can occur in response to externally acquired information and/or as a result of internal volition based on internal motivation. A central monitoring brain system distinguishes between the two when actions are made creating the sense that a person’s action is the consequence of his or her intention. In schizophrenia, there is a deficit in this central monitoring brain system such that actions from willed intentions are mistaken as being derived from external informational sources. There is evidence towards cortical hyperexcitability in schizophrenics (glutamate chaos in the brain) because of a lack of inhibition as a background related to the anomalous manner to process information and inability to infer intentions behind pieces of information. This intentional chaos produces the belief that one’s actions are caused by others, that certain thing have intentional significance for the person and to attribute negative intentions to others. In schizophrenia, one may feel compelled to act even against one’s conscious intentions. This CEREBRART work explains these ideas artistically.