Al Fin, You Sexy Thing!

18 October 2009

She Will Do Anything You Want Her to Do

If you can only turn off her right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, she will do anything you want her to. You may believe that you will need charm or persuasive powers, but no. All you need in order to turn that reflexive slap into compliant acquiescence, is a little magic of the magnetic variety.
Adolescents generally exhibit riskier behavior than do adults. Their decisionmaking behavior is also thought to be a manifestation of an immature PFC,19 and patients with traumatic brain injuries or other pathologies affecting the PFC show a tendency for riskier, “out-of-character” decision making, and an apparent disregard for negative consequences of their actions.20,21 Clinical impressions tell us that this is particularly true for patients with rightsided lesions.9,10 We designed a “virtual lesion” study22 with healthy volunteers to investigate hemispheric asymmetries in risk-taking behavior directly. We used low-frequency rTMS to disrupt left or right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) function transiently before applying a well-known gambling paradigm that provides a measure of risk taking (“risk task”).23 In this task, subjects have to decide between a relatively safe choice, which provides a low reward with a high probability, and a risky choice, which provides a substantially higher reward with a relatively low probability. Subjects were presented with binary choices between a safe and a risky choice....Participants stimulated over the right DLPFC (N =9)were more likely to choose the high-risk prospect than those stimulated over the left DLPFC (N = 9) or those who received sham stimulation (N = 9) (FIG. 2A). _Knoch and Fehr PDF_via_SimoleonSense
In further testing, researchers found that participants who were offered a "deal" involving an unfair division of prize money were more likely to accept the "bad deal" with administration of rTMS to the right DLPFC.

The human prefrontal cortex (PFC) is intimately involved in self control, executive function, and decision making. The state of development of the human PFC can make the difference between life success and failure -- even more than the person's IQ. While a person's genome strongly influences PFC development, for optimal development of executive function and judgment it is vital for the child to be trained in self control and executive function by no later than the age of 7 years. Special programs for training executive function and executive attention have been developed for children in pre-school and early grades. Such programs are particularly helpful for children in single parent households and in households with minimal positive adult to child exposure.

In some modern societies it has become more and more difficult for adolescents to make the transition to responsible adulthood. The proliferation of perpetually incompetent adolescent-minded Peter Pans may well be related to less productive parent to child training in those critical developmental years between age 4 and age 7. With parents pre-occupied with work etc., children may be left to electronic devices and their peers. The PFC misses its developmental window, and self-control and wise decision making never take hold.

What's that?....You say you only want to know how to get the girl to do what you want her to do? ..... Well, I thought you would understand that the title was a purely rhetorical device, used to introduce the topic by way of lascivious levity.... Oh alright! Obviously you would need a rTMS device that can be aimed and focused at a distance. It would require some adjustment in frequency, and the operator would have to be trained to detect the desired response before attempting to circumvent the individual's higher judgment centers.

Of course, if you are Al Fin, you will have no need for this type of technological subterfuge, for getting what you want from the fairer sex. Simple animal charm is almost always sufficient, and if not, a bit of subtle hypnotic suggestion has never failed your humble blog host, when motivated. But for those of you lacking in self confidence, these devices should be on the market soon -- with proof of law enforcement affiliation.

We wouldn't want them falling into the wrong hands now, would we?

Cross-posted at Al Fin

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