Hypothethesis: The shift from pupil dilation to contraction will occur at lower sensory stimulation levels in women

This is a scientific hypothesis based on the theory I’ve written up in the last couple of days about sensory processing differences under intense stimulation, according to different volumes of global gray matter in the brain. It is inspired by Dario Nardi’s “engagement curve”, where a person’s brain activity correlates with their interest/motivation in a task, and the difficulty of the task. The correlation with interest is essentially linear, but the difficulty curve is the one I’m mostly interested in here. A person’s engagement with a task will increase linearly with the task’s difficulty until a certain point, and then drop off dramatically because it is perceived as too difficult to reasonably exert effort to complete it.

It also relies on the theory that engagement is shown by pupil dilation (taken from Kahneman’s book). A person who is performing mental cross multiplication, for instance, will have pupils that are dilated far more than when they are watching TV.

My theory is that when we give people visual perception tasks of gradually increasing difficulty (like a “Where’s Waldo” book for example) their pupils will dilate up until a certain difficulty threshold, and then begin contracting as resignation sets in. If we give groups of men and women visual perception tasks of gradually increasing difficulty (while somehow keeping motivation constant- how?), I believe the women will “tap out” earlier in the sequence of tasks. They will probably continue to attempt the task, but they will do so with a much lower baseline of engagement.

In order to think about this more efficiently, I shall hereby coin the term “sensory threshold” to refer to this hypothetical phenomenon. That is, the “sensory threshold” is the level of stimulation at which a person’s engagement begins to decrease.

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16 Responses to Hypothethesis: The shift from pupil dilation to contraction will occur at lower sensory stimulation levels in women

  1. Edenist whackjob says:

    Really interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc-Woh_afro

    (I’m assuring you’re aware of Mike Mew based on mention of him on NH).

    • Edenist whackjob says:

      Speaking of body modifications, I’ve successfully made my penis longer and my shoulders wider using manual techniques. In both cases, significantly so.

      TMI? Or just the right information? :p

      Has anyone here done something like that? Something that is not supposed to work, yet it did?

      • Lazer says:

        I have a bathmate and when I used it religiously every day I saw increases. Years ago when I played trombone I had to train my 1D:2D length (if you hand is pointing like a gun) to correctly hold the slide, and have done the same for bass practice.

        I also had a severe case of plantar fasciitis that I cured and noticed the arch of my foot was higher after the plantar aponeurosis stretched to accommodate the minimalistic footware. I could also splay my toes out farther like in this picture (http://www.macroevolution.net/images/neanderthal-footprint-300px.jpg)

        • Aeoli Pera says:

          You should add this as a focus to your blog when you get it up and running in earnest. Very interesting stuff in isolation, and are certainly low-hanging general principles to find.

      • Edenist whackjob says:

        “I have a bathmate and when I used it religiously every day I saw increases.”

        Permanent gains? For me, heated fulcrum stretching (rice sock and asp baton) has been the best. Jelqing and bathmate also good although not sure whether gains permanent. Recently got an air pump, mainly for curve correction.

        • Aeoli Pera says:

          I had never heard of this. If TTs could be persuaded to do this, I bet it would help their confidence with women a lot, re: “Me Tarzan, you Jane” Game as you explained.

      • Aeoli Pera says:

        How did you manage to widen your shoulders? I’ve only managed this by lifting heavy things.

      • Edenist whackjob says:

        “How did you manage to widen your shoulders? I’ve only managed this by lifting heavy things.”

        Hard to explain, but basically stretching the trapezius while rolling the shoulder forward. Also doing side bends with a dumbbell while feeling a stretch in the traps and the clavicle.

        There is anecdotal reports of shoulder widening, particularly in older bodybuilding. Steve Reeves and Arnie believed it was possible, and advocated special exercises (“Reeves deadlifts” and wide grip pull-ups). Dante Trudeau of Doggcrapp also believes it’s doable. Google “doggcrapp shoulder girdle” (he’s also a believer in hyperplasia via something he calls extreme stretching).

      • Edenist whackjob says:

        “I had never heard of this.”

        http://www.goodlookingloser.com/get-hung

        https://www.thundersplace.org/

        “If TTs could be persuaded to do this, I bet it would help their confidence with women a lot”

        For me, having this stuff work definitely increased my confidence in getting psychotic things to work in general. Of course I’ll try $insert_weird_life_hack, I managed to get my dick to grow after all.

        Btw, re: “me Tarzan, you Jane” game. 3 pillars one needs to fully internalize that line:

        1. Women are autogynephiles. They are turned on by being sexy women. Failure to understand this: belief that women are frigid and don’t really like sex, belief that it’s creepy to be turned on by their boobs and asses, “men are pigs”, etc. Now, keep in mind, many women are not autogynephiles but WANT to be because they are self-concious. That still makes my observation valid. Here is some research: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19591032

        2. Women are submissives. Hence why almost 100% of women I’ve encountered report they like to be dominated in bed. Corollary to this: women are moldable. Failure to understand this: belief that women are essentially men (independent, good judgement, decisions-makers) when it’s just not the case in most cases. Belief that one has to accomodate her whims. Belief that hot stuck up women are that way because of thought out life decisions or having a belligerent/stubborn personality, when in most cases they are just fronting.

        3. Women are warm. Go to a hospital and look at the young nurses. Very feminine. Corollary: since women are warm, they are also lovable. Failure to understand this: feel like women can never really like you, always hunt for affection but never get it, end up seeking out women who are not warm, alpha manosphere PUA symptom (ie extreme misogyny).

        This maps to Pavlina’s “Truth, Love and Power” if you’re into that kinda thing. Autogynephilia: truth. Submission: power. Warm: love. More compressible and koanic that way, I suppose.

        Rocco Siffredi is an example of a man who seems to get all of these instinctively. Watch his pornos and compare it to almost everyone else: they all are lacking something. Lack of point 1: mechanical robotic sex. Lack of 2: over-exaggerated domination without the right touch, feels cartoonish and cheesy. Lack of 3: no passion, no appreciation.

        Xsplat is a blog who goes into point 3 a lot: https://xsplat.wordpress.com/

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      That was a very interesting video. I will probably look into this and try out what she was doing.

  2. Edenist whackjob says:

    On-topic: I’ve noticed this with coding, I think, although there is nothing to look at per se, so I look straight up to the right IIRC. My strength at doing this definitely varies.

    Ghrelin seems to be related to visuospatial thinking btw: http://www.leangains.com/2009/08/ghrelin-and-entrained-meal-patterns.html

    My coding persistence is definitely weaker after a meal. That might just be insulin resistance, though.

    • Lazer says:

      Place your meals farthest away from your coding time. Ive noticed when I eat one meal a day, I can literally feel the added focus of the hormonal shift kick in. Clear headedness is another good sign. Best thing to do in this period is to go for a brisk walk if your feeling hungry.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      A lot of that is just because it takes energy to break down all that food. You get let blood to the brain too, that sort of thing.

  3. Lazer says:

    This is another reason why fluorescent lighting is so bad as it shrinks the pupils. Pupil dilation has been linked to melatonin secretion (http://www.researchgate.net/publication/15122588_Pupil_size_regulation_of_threshold_of_light-induced_melatonin_suppression). I cant find it right now, but low lights also help when completing creative tasks. Also explains why Thals are night owls per:

    “My theory is that when we give people visual perception tasks of gradually increasing difficulty (like a “Where’s Waldo” book for example) their pupils will dilate up until a certain difficulty threshold, and then begin contracting as resignation sets in.”

    If your pupils are more dilated in dim lighting at night you are going to have a better time focusing on your task until completion.

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