Melbourne University conducted a study which concludes that our personality does affect not only our outlook on life but also the way we perceive reality.
As it turns out, having an open mind changes what we see in the world around us, by making us encounter individual visual observations.
The study is called ‘Seeing it both ways: Openness to experience and binocular rivalry suppression,’ which surveyed about 123 participants and measured their character and views.
Tests focused on 5 major categories of personalities. The 5 being types are agreeableness, neuroticism, extroversion, conscientiousness, and openness to experiences. The openness to experiences means the ability to explore new things and meet new people (extending boundaries).
The personality test followed by a visual analysis called “binocular rivalry.” This is a phenom that occurs when each eye is showing a different image.
In this study, one eye showing a red patch, and the other showing a green spot. Typically, most people react to the test by reducing their focus to only one of the pictures, as the brain can only perceive one at a time.
However, those who tested high in openness were able to visually observe both photos at once, as one unified red-green image.
The theory is that because open-minded people have shown higher levels of creativity, their minds can easily create new mental maps inside the head and connect things that other people would not be able to.
“Because openness reflects the tendency to explore information actively and engages with complex possibilities (DeYoung, 2014), people high in openness may also be more likely to experience creative solutions to the incompatible rivalry stimuli”, the researchers said.
In a previous study, ‘Some See It, Some Don’t: Exploring the Relation between Inattentional Blindness and Personality Factors’ in 2015 suggested similar results.
Open-mindedness does change the way how we see the world in profound ways and can help people to access much higher levels of experience and thought. Open-minded people can literally see a reality that other people can not.