<< Continued from Intramural Communication - The Origin of Thought Process
An example for parallel LB Monologue is how it helps you recognize a person by
his face, which is as follows.
Recognizing a Person: Because of differentiations in its detailed structure, a
person can be best recognized by his face. Faces of people you have met earlier
are stored in a facial database in LB, where each face contains visual facial
information that was accumulated and stored over multiple occasions in the past
(more under title LB Information Accumulation). These faces are linked to
information related to them in the B-ROM, which, if found necessary by VP, is
updated every time new information about them becomes available. Such
information includes diverse details and facts about them, e.g., their name,
your relation with them, your emotional attachment with them, their physical
features, their nature, their business with you, do they owe you money, their
birthday, last dinner you had with them, etc., (more under title Contextual Extraction).
When you recognize a person by looking at his face, you just look at one or two
features on his face. You do not have to pay attention to the entire face. LB
then uses it's parallel processing capability (i.e. parallel LB Monologue) to
receive data from the attended feature, i.e. point of focus in your eye (through
rods in the retina) and its surrounding area, i.e. its periphery (through cones
in the retina) and hunts for the closest match stored in the facial database
(using several levels of processing). Information summary from the closest
matching face from facial database is then sent by LB to VP, which retrieves
information linked to it from the B-ROM, which also includes associated emotions
and feelings (more under title Contextual Extraction), based on which you recognize the person
(the VP-LB search process is
explained in detail under title Joint Effort).
When the above mechanism does not function, it results into "face-blindness",
also known as prosopagnosia, in which the affected person has difficulty
recognizing faces. In a rare medical condition called Capgras delusion, the
affected person holds a delusion that a close friend or family member has been
replaced by an impostor, which happens because there is a failure of retrieving
associated emotions due to damaged link to the area where emotion data of that
person is stored. As the affected person recognizes the face, but the associated
emotion data is not recalled (which normally happens), he thinks that the person
is an impostor. Otherwise, by voice or other modalities, he can recognize the
person, as they are connected to the same emotion data.
If no match is found in LB's facial database, you are unable to recognize that
When you see a person whom you have met on very few occasions, there may
not be enough number of his face angles stored, as facial information, which is
accumulated by LB on fewer occasions, is in fragmented form (which LB needs to
interpolate to get a clearer picture). This not only takes you more time to
recognize (i.e. for LB to interpolate and match) the person, but makes you less
confident about his identity.
A subset of this type of monologue is what tells you at a glance, e.g., how many
people are there at a party.
Even when they process data from past for current or future use in this manner,
parallel LB Monologues only supply data and do not participate in VP-LB
dialogues, which happens in Sequential LB Monologues.