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    Default Disbelief in free will & low use of frontal cortex

    People of different MBTI type have been shown to have different brain patterns under the EEG. Specifically, "Decisive" Te-doms have had a heavy use of the frontal cortex, which is heavily responsible for decisionmaking and planning, more so than other areas of the brain.

    What if the belief in free will is associated with heavy frontal lobe activity, and disbelief with the lack of it?

    (edit: frontal lobe corrected to frontal cortex.. im still not sure if its right. I'm searching for correct translation from etuotsalohko (fin) to eng. )

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    Where can I find these studies?

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    Free will is too complex of an issue for this.

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    Interesting thought. I know there is a concept called "locus of control." People may have a high internal locus of control - they believe that they have a lot of control over their lives. Other people have a high external locus of control - they believe they are more influenced by others and do not have as much control. I can see that correlating with a belief in free will.

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    http://www.keys2cognition.com/papers/EEGandSocialCognition.pdf links Te-dom to heavier frontal cortex activity in some tasks, and http://itech.pensacolastate.edu/pgra...ETEMBTIJAN.pdf tells that J's generated more alpha waves, E's had more cortical arousal and S had less brain activity in absense of external stimulus.

    I'll check out this locus of control thing!

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    so i can set my will free by drilling a hole in there? allways wanted to try this.

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    I don't know, but you could get shitfaced and see just how much free will comes about from that. I think alcohol has a big effect on the frontal lobe.

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    Regarding the locus of control idea...

    The interesting thing that I realized when I used to think about this a lot back in college was that the less one believes in one's internal locus of control, the less internal locus of control one will end up having (and vice versa). We create our realities to such an extent that even the extent of our ability to control the reality we create seems to be strongly influenced by the extent to which we believe we can control it. Frankly, I would think Je doms, and Te doms in particular, would probably believe in higher amounts of internal locus of control. I think Je functions in general in large part drive this belief; I think at least Te does.
    Last edited by Zarathustra; 12-14-2011 at 12:40 PM.

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    You are making this way too simplistic and ENTJs arent the only type with strong frontal lobe usage, INTPs for example use it alot too, same for ISTJ and many others. Infact introversion is associated with more usage of frontal lobe, than extraverts.

    Not to mention that you could divide the frontal lobe to tens of different functional areas and who know if in the future it becomes hundreds or thousands of different functional areas..
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