Is the brain innately biased?
Turns out the brain does have an innate bias that relates to “safety.” Some studies suggest that the fastest determination the brain ever makes is “Am I safe?” The safety evaluation is triggered whenever the brain sees anything unfamiliar for the first time. For example, when it encounters another human being for the first time , it makes a nano-second-fast evaluation:
• Have I seen this person?
• Have I seen someone similar before?
• Is the person like me or different from me?
• Am I SAFE?
Depending on the brain’s assessment, it prompts you to approach or withdraw—to “move forward toward” or to “move back away from”—the person.