what causes the “mind blown” feeling?

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what causes the “mind blown” feeling?

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It’s your brain processing the fact the a great deal of information it has stored is suddenly wrong and struggling to process and rewrite all of it.

It is a function of our evolution to feel “mind blown” when learning new information or piecing together information and it suddenly makes sense. Neurological studies have looked at the brain when it learns new information as opposed to doing a pleasurable and rewarding activity such as a simple gambling game. What they saw in both the learning exercise and the gambling game is when the subject comprehended a new concept or won a significant amount of a prize there was an sudden rush of activity in the Ventral Straitum region of the brain. Scientists believe this is a part of the brain that is involved in creating a positive feedback loop that “rewards” you for accomplishment and therefore encourages that behavior in the future. So that overwhelming feeling you get when you make a significant connection of information is your brain rewarding you for learning and trying to keep encouraging that you learn more things to further your chances of survival.