Neural Correlates of Personality

The largest longitudinal study into the neural correlates of personality in Eternalists was conducted by Dr Julian Kenrick in 2067. Eternalists participating in this study were at 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years into their treatment. Results were compared to those of disphasia patients were at similar intervals since acquiring their disphasia.

The following is the abstract from his research article in New Mortal:

Results of a self-estimation test of mortal patients with disphasia was compared to results from the same test undertaken by longevity-treated volunteers. It is shown that both the disphasia, and the longevity treatment (after 20 years) causes substantial changes in the patients' self-estimation.

A comparison with a control group of mortal neurological patients without disphasia showed a specificity of the revealed changes for disphasia and their connection with the communication disruption.

For disphasia patients, as the general and verbal communication restore, a positive course of the patients' self-estimation, and approach of the latter to the premorbid level are noted.

For Eternalist patients, a significant correlation was determined between patients who had undertaken treatments such as Beautification, and their self-estimation.

This study is regularly cited as 'proof' by those opposing the 'nurture' (as opposed to 'nature') view of the theoretical Longevity Related Character Drift. Spokes-scientiests for the Life Valuation Movement have lamented that this study was not available for the trial of Daniel O'Mally in 2056, and indicate their belief that with this proof, O'Mally's death sentence could have been avoided.

Anthea Johnston

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