Stony Brook University news story
Building on previous brain imaging research that revealed cultural influences play a role in neural activation during perception, Arthur Aron, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Stony Brook University, and colleagues, completed a study that suggests individuals who are highly sensitive have cognitive responses that appear to not be influenced by culture at all.
“Our data suggest that some categories of individuals, based on their natural traits, are less influenced by their cultural context than others,” says Dr. Aron.
“The influence of culture on effortful perception was especially strong for those who scored low on the scale measuring sensitivity, but for those who scored high on the measure (highly sensitive individuals), there was no cultural difference at all,” says Dr. Aron.
Continued in article: Highly sensitive people less influenced by culture.
Eccentricity can be a form of independence from social norms
“When I met her [Scarlett Johansson], OK, she’s 15, but she could easily pass for 30.
“She’s a very attractive girl, but she’s sort of a weirdo.
“I like that about her.”
– Terry Zwigoff, her director for “Ghost World” (2000)
[From “Young heart and old soul” by John Clark, LA Times, Nov 9 2003]
“His confidence [Daniel Radcliffe] has really grown. He’s great company.
“And he’s quite eccentric for his age, really batty.
“Great taste in music, he got me into some great bands I’ve never listened to before.”
– David Thewlis [moviehole.net interview] – about his co-star Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Thewlis plays Professor Lupin.
article: Eccentricity and Creativity by Douglas Eby