Stress events and risk factors leading to mapper cognitive style

This is a quick listing of common causes for this particular personality shift, which is best described as an unusual and rapid increase in trait psychoticism as defined by Eysenck (both the good and bad parts) over the course of about 2 years.

-A blow to the head (particularly around age 3).
-High prenatal testosterone. (Probably also high testosterone during other important development periods such as puberty.)
-Major depression in early 20s.
-Adverse reaction to vaccines.
-Onset of Parkinson’s disease.
-Pre-teen negative affect reciprocity leading to antisocial, anti-authoritarian mindset (ex. a procession of really stupid math teachers).

My current theory is that mapper cognition is due to gray matter dominance of large-scale dynamics in the brain, due to a high ratio of gray matter vs. white matter. These people are “visual learners”, lateral thinkers, averse to boredom, etc., and tend to have higher nonverbal IQ than verbal IQ. Almost all geniuses have this characteristic, as well as high general intelligence.

Some people start out as mappers. (However, I believe this is unhealthy and may lead to some common symptoms of autism.) Some people are more predisposed to become mappers, and there are some risk factors that are obvious to the naked eye:

-Asperger’s syndrome
-Antisocial disorder
-IQ above 135 or below 100
-Hostile environment, bullying
-Heavy use of visuospatial reasoning in daily life (working as a cab driver or mechanic)

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5 Responses to Stress events and risk factors leading to mapper cognitive style

  1. Craig says:

    I’m probably not the first to think of this, but today waiting in the GP’s room, I was reading this little book on medicine and pregnancy. There’s a treasure trove of data on pharmaceutical drugs that flip epigenetic switches in foetuses, infants and small children. Literally the pharmaceuticals even have labelling as to whether such drugs cause defects or mutations that are reversible…

    Yeah I have some of those traits in the above list.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      That may be a treasure trove, or it might just be a lot of interesting noise. The holy grail of epigenetic engineering is to get *good* mutations, not random ones, nor merely avoiding predictably bad ones. As for reversible mutations…that might be something very interesting.

      • Craig says:

        Yes, that is what grabbed my attention, reversible mutations, as that’s the conversation I struck up with the GP was about and he agreed. It may yeild something maybe not.

        Another point majority of these pharmaceuticals were derived from natural organic substances, so these epigenetic chemical switches will be found in the natural environment too.

        I agree the majority will be interesting noise as 99.99% usually is.

        Another thought perhaps some of these drugs do cause good epigenetic changes or prevent bad ones from happening.

  2. Aeoli Pera says:

    >I share some of these traits, and had a blow to head which I have a scar from.

    Ditto, but mine was at 12 yo, and it was to the top of the forehead and didn’t cause any changes in cognition, so it probably doesn’t count here.

    > I wouldnt call it anti-social though, rather non-conformity to r-selected large groups.

    Here, I’m using the term in the diagnostic sense. What you’re getting at is probably closer to Charlton’s psychoticism.

    >The shock may even trigger epigenetic expression of latent neanderthal genes. Similar to Texs exposure to lye.

    I’ll be curious to learn (someday, hopefully) whether the chicken comes first, or the egg. At present, I’m tempted to believe that the cognitive shift comes first, and then the epigenetics kick in after a while to introduce survival strategy changes appropriate to the stressors in the environment that caused the cognitive shift. And only because that would make sense, but sometimes life doesn’t immediately make sense.

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