I've been thinking about what the current internet memes, most notably the "advice animals" can say about the human brain/mind. I know that in the "old days", there were folk sayings and folk wisdom, but now we have memes.
There are literally thousands of memes like these, with dozens of categories, created by people from all over the world. It appears that each meme in its category is grouped around a certain "cluster of symptoms". It appears to me that the point of the meme is to highlight a behavior that has been observed and name it. (Aside from some of them being hilarious)
These clusters of symptoms, result in a behavior that is:
- recognizable, at least part of the time
- exhibited by thousands of people around the world
Can these memes be explained by activity within specific brain regions? (ex: can socially awkward penguin be linked to overactive amygdala)? Has there been any studies on the subject?
Socially awkward penguin - is very socially awkward, avoids interaction with other people as much as possible.
Paranoid parrot - is anxious and paranoid
Foul Bachelor Frog - is filthy, unmotivated
Scumbag brain - all kinds of quirks of memory, attention, etc