The brains of shy or introverted individuals might actually process the world differently than their more extroverted counterparts, a new study suggests.
"Individuals with this highly sensitive trait prefer to take longer to make decisions, are more conscientious, need more time to themselves in order to reflect, and are more easily bored with small talk, research suggests.
Previous work has also shown that compared with others those with a highly sensitive temperament are more bothered by noise and crowds, more affected by caffeine, and more easily startled. That is, the trait seems to confer sensitivity all around."
Well. Not to make this all about me, but that sounds familiar. It might be a bit early to go straight to "obviously an inborn trait," seeing as they didn't do any control for the environment people were raised in (or at least so far as I can tell from the blurb without access to the actual article), and I am automatically leery of fMRI data unless analyses of it were rigorously controlled*, but still!
* And I have been ever since I read this one study where they put a dead fish in the fMRI and showed it pictures with different emotional salience. If they didn't use this incredibly stringent control for the statistical analysis - a control that not everybody submitting papers uses - then they found, or "found", that areas in the fish's decomposing brain activated in response to emotionally fraught images. And then there was that other study showing that science students were more likely to trust a paper's findings and overlook glaring methodological flaws if the paper included brain imaging data.
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- This is relevant to my interests!