The simplification of very complex topic:
When I do something, neurons fire in a certain and very specific way.
When I watch someone else do something about 20% of these same neurons fire. (re: VS Ramachandran on Ted.com)
When neurons fire in a particular sequence, they can then more easily fire that sequence (aka, every time you have a thought, it is more easy for you to have that thought again).
So what does this all mean? It means you can more easily produce stupid thoughts after watching one episode of Jersey Shore. Haha… Would you call yourself dumber? Well I guess that’s your call, but it does sound awfully close.
Surround yourself with the people you want to be like, because every time you see them doing something, 20% of your brain is acting like YOU are doing that.
This has a lot of implications for with whom you surround yourself or with whom you inadvertently spend a lot of time. Do you not like the decisions they make? Do you slightly disrespect them? Watch out… some cognitive dissonance might be headed your way when you start accidentally acting like them.
Monkey see, monkey do.