“Before this study, from previous research, scientists already thought there were two large networks in the brain that were in tension, one called the default mode network and the other called the task positive network. However, there are different views on what drives them.
One view proposes that one network is deployed in goal-directed tasks, and when this happens, the other one allows the mind to wander.
Another view proposes that one network engages in external attention, while the other is for internal attention.
The new study suggests a new explanation: both networks focus on external stimuli, but one is for social problems and the other is for analytical problems, and when the one concerned with one type of problem is engaged, the neural pathways for the other type are repressed.”
Competing neural processes, as we thought. Now when applied to conditions w. low empathy levels, like psychopathy or autism, it sheds light on possible conflicting, inhibiting, or inactive/atrophied neural mechanisms- and treatments.