TNGSTheory of Neuronal Group Selection (brain function)
TNGSTraining Subject
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(8) I suggest that a combination of TNGS and RET may further explain emotional disturbances as the result of some particular concepts about the world operating on a particular neurological substrate of human consciousness.
TNGS uses a specialized vocabulary, so please refer to the following glossary.
According to TNGS, this internal "wiring" will not change during the individual's life.
In TNGS, different neuronal groups simultaneously recognize different categories of the same environmental stimuli.
TNGS mainly concerns itself with how the brain generalizes; that is, how it forms categories of different but related stimuli.
In this manner, re-entry is able to perform the following functions in TNGS:
TNGS proper has the following general implications for mental functions:
Edelman proposes in his "Extended TNGS" that this primary consciousness results from a constant comparison between the neural recognitions of two separate modules within the brain:
Edelman's "Extended TNGS" proposes that "primary consciousness" results from the ongoing comparison of the workings of the interoceptive and exteroceptive brain modules.
TNGS implies that "identical" events should trigger different evaluative beliefs in every individual.
The answer may be that the principle of "degeneracy" of TNGS ensures that there is never any precise, proportionally accurate replica of the situation within the person's brain.
I believe that applying the TNGS model of consciousness to Ellis's "missing cognitive element" theory of depression may help to shed some light on Beck's important riddle.