Back in the original Star Trek series, Spock would occasionally pull out all the stops and create the Vulcan Mind Meld. Sometimes this was to extract information that someone would rather not give up, other times to help others work through some issue that only linked minds could solve.
For those unfamiliar with this, the “Vulcan mind meld is a telepathic link between two individuals, allowing for the exchange of thoughts, thus in essence allowing the participants to become one mind.”
But research shows that getting two people on the same brain wavelengths is not science fiction. Stephens, et. al., in their research “Speaker-listener neural coupling underlies successful communication” demonstrate that when communication is at its best, our brain patterns mirror one another and synchronize.
We literally get on the same wavelength (for those wanting to geek out – check the fMRI images below).
What’s the one easy step to creating this coupling?
Our brain’s love stories. Involve our imaginations, engage our senses, and this coupling is created immediately. In fact, a good story will create such a reality in the listeners mind, that the neural pathways are exactly the same as if it was really happening. Said differently, we experience the emotions of make believe as if it were real.
Spock would be proud.