Dichotomous Thinking Effects on Gamma Wave Production
Level of Education of Students Involved
Arts and Sciences
https://orcid.org/0009-0008-7373-4992 ; https://orcid.org/0009-0004-2247-6496
Splitting is one of the most common symptoms reported among people with high levels of emotional thinking, such as those with borderline personality disorder. Splitting, also known as dichotomous thinking or black-and-white thinking, describes how BPD individuals tend to switch between their moods frequently, from feeling in love with a person to quickly feeling like they are your enemy (Parsonage). It's unclear what the neuropsychological reason behind this behavior happens to be, however, we started by taking a deeper look of the patterns in the brain waves present when splitting does occur. The hypothesis of this study states that the characteristic of black-and-white thinking in individuals with BPD-related symptoms is due to a heightened amount of gamma wave production in the brain. The key takeaway for this project has been deciphering relationship between gamma wave production and dichotomous thinking, and what patterns are found in emotional thinking. Our findings conclude that there may be a significant relationship between those who fall under higher levels of emotional thinking with the likelihood of splitting in these individuals.
Flaws, Kristen, "Dichotomous Thinking Effects on Gamma Wave Production" (2023). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 1221.