21 Jan why liquid abstract patterns soothe your brain
Neurosurgeon Dr. Marc Arginteanu discusses why liquid abstract patterns soothe your brain:
“It actually has a built-in effect in the brain,” he explains. This campfire effect can induce a state of relaxation and increase the dopamine levels in our brains. Dr. Arginteanu believes we evolved to feel safe from danger when we watch flickering firelight, and this feeling translates to all soothing, fluid patterns.
We even connect these feelings of warmth and safety with kinship. “Because we are social animals, the fact that everyone communally gathered around a fire, just looking at that fire, just watching the abstract and ever-shifting pattern of a fire, gives us the feeling of community and not just physical warmth, but social warmth,” Dr. Arginteanu says.