• Question: How does the brain form opinions about things?

    Asked by marx on 17 Jun 2018.
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      Joanne Sharpe answered on 17 Jun 2018:

      This is such a good question. The brain is so fascinating, our mind makes us us! Even as a neuroscientist, I don’t know the answer to this. But I guess it will be to do with our previous experiences and what we have learnt throughout our life, so that when we encounter something new, the brain remembers these other things and then uses this to form an opinion.

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      Laura Hemming answered on 24 Jun 2018:

      Like Jo says our opinions are mainly formed from our experiences in life and how we then choose to interpret life events. In addition to this, our opinions can also be influenced by other people’s opinions – e.g we tend to form similar opinions to people that we like or trust more. Check out this article below written by some physicists who tried to explain how opinions form.