One of our long term projects in our fundamental science research is studying features of how the brain processes information for decision-making.
We have found that despite the fact that we think we are independent thinkers, this is far from the possible real picture. Sub programmes exist in our brain that try to ensure the evolutionary driven needs are always uppermost.
The construction of personality and agency is one such programme deployed to identify ourselves in a particular multitask way for survival, perhaps through the job we do, and the family we belong to. Another is the self survival programming that decodes the environment so that sustained feeding, sheltering, and status are taken care of first. This latter set of programmes are dealt with under foraging strategies which have been well studied.
But as we compete with others (our conspecifics) for the same scarce resources, a new background programme comes into force that plans and schemes to get access to food and shelter before others. This can involve deception and subterfuge so we can capture and hold on to these resources as a priority. The coding in our brain that works out these levels of Machiavellian type plans, uses the next step up of a set of competitive programmes called Game Theory. These plans are also encoded in our brains by evolutionary forces and are quite fascinating.
We have found that game theory is used in jobs and professions including medicine, the concept of promotion can stimulate new levels of complex game theory planning in order to rise in the hierarchy of survival in job situations. Some of these programmes are serving patient interest, others can definitely work against patient interest (see previous page on drug miss-use). Hence- application of self- survival game theory plans can actually destroy the fundamentally held objectives in jobs and professions, including medical positions. Iatrogenics ( doctor induced health problems) is one such possible area and is beginning to be better studied.
At SOHANS we study and model these programmes and behavioural responses, then apply possible corrective constructs to steer and find better directions at very early stages. It is possible that we are growing unhealthy as nations because these higher level evolutionary programmes now weigh heavily in favour of the gaming professional protagonist, rather than patient health.
Use of macro-evidence-based analysis across the whole of medicine and health, together with the use of AI and expert systems in diagnostics, is predicted to significantly mitigate some of these destructive programmes and re-direct health in better sustainable ways as a consequence.
We believe we are at a new frontier to look at behaviour in this manner, applying this new knowledge carefully and across a number of problem areas (such as climbing cancer rates), could help us to redress the imbalances in health care back in favour of the healthy patient.
Continued study of the neural science components of human behaviour is seen as a valuable contribution to human health.
The strength of these issues prompted us to include them in our name title,
- -The School of Health and Neural Sciences -SOHANS.
- We believe without studying these components, it will be more difficult to restore good medical practices