All the while they have to keep their skin wet to enable oxygen absorption. Using brain scans scientists found that different parts of the medial prefrontal cortex, the region the at sits near the front of the brain, make snap judgments about physical attraction and whether the person is likely to be a compatible match all within milliseconds of seeing a new face.
There are psychologists who say the apparent conversion of American POWs during the Korean War was the result of plain-old torture, not "brainwashing." And in fact, most POWs in the Korean War were not converted to communism at all, which leads to the question of reliability: Is brainwashing a system that produces similar results across cultures and personality types, or does it hinge primarily on the target's susceptibility to influence?
In the next section, we'll examine one expert's description of the brainwashing process and find out what makes an easy target.
In the brainwashing process, the agent systematically breaks down the target's identity to the point that it doesn't work anymore.
The agent then replaces it with another set of behaviors, attitudes and beliefs that work in the target's current environment.
Scientists have discovered the brain region that decides who we will be romantically attracted to.
Using brain scans, researchers from Trinity College Dublin found that different parts of the medial prefrontal cortex, the region that sits near the front of the brain, make snap judgments about physical attraction and whether the person is likely to be a compatible match all within milliseconds of seeing a new face.
At least 21 soldiers refused to come back to the United States when they were set free.
It sounds impressive, but skeptics point out that it was 21 out of more than 20,000 prisoners in communist countries. In psychology, the study of brainwashing, often referred to as thought reform, falls into the sphere of "social influence." Social influence happens every minute of every day.
Investigators explained that one of these regions called the paracingulate cortex, which appeared to be calculating the attractiveness of the potential date, exhibited the most activity when participants were viewing faces considered attractive by most.
Obviously people don't always agree on attractiveness.
During the Korean War, Korean and Chinese captors reportedly brainwashed American POWs held in prison camps.