Day 6 Gratitude Challenge: Look Up. I’m grateful for the beach. I always leave feeling lighter and happier after hanging out here. I’m sure it has something to do with being in nature and moving my body, but I suspect it also has something to do with what neuroscientists call allocentric processing.
When we look to the horizon, we’re receiving information from the upper part of the visual field, which flows to the lower regions of thalamus. This is known as allocentric processing, and when this happens we can see things with more perspective.
When we look down however, we receive information from the lower part of the visual field, which passes information to the upper regions of the thalamus. This is known as with egocentric processing and we’re naturally more inward focussed.
I’m grateful that walking on the beach has this allocentric effect on me and leaves me feeling lighter and less caught up in the stresses of daily life #capturinggratitude
Photo credit: Dr Lauren Tober