The Brain and its Functions
The brain is, no doubt, the most complex organ in the body. Even with all of the research and studies that have been done on the brain, we have not cracked the surface of the capabilities of this impressive mass. However, we did find out some interesting facts relating to certain parts of the brain. Here we will discuss the most common areas of the brain just to give a basic and general overview of the brain.determine if you can justify that expensive purchase, this is your frontal lobe working. The best example of this part being damaged is the story of Phineas Gage who survived a brain injury to the frontal lobe. Before the accident he was quiet and reserved, but after the accident he was obnoxious and self-absorbed.
- Frontal lobe: this is where your personality lies. Yes, this is the center that determines if you find Newfoundland jokes hilarious or completely offensive. This part is also associated with thinking, processing and reasoning. When you are at the mall and you are trying to determine if you can justify that expensive purchase, this is your frontal lobe working. The best example of this part being damaged is the story of Phineas Gage who survived a brain injury to the frontal lobe. Before the accident he was quiet and reserved, but after the accident he was obnoxious and self-absorbed.
- Temporal lobes: this part of your brain is mostly related to memory, speech and emotions. That means that when someone is an auditory learner, their temporal lobe is well developed. Also, this area of the brain is used when you feel emotions from a memory.
- Parietal lobe: this lobe is the one that deals with the sensory information. When you step into the kitchen and get hungry by seeing or smelling the food, you can thank your parietal lobe. This lobe is also associated with feeling pain when you touch something unpleasant.
- Occipital lobe: this lobe is associated with vision.
- Cerebellum: this is where you get your coordination. This one aspect of the brain can determine if you are a destined gymnast or just a fearful klutz. This is where your voluntary movement occurs, meaning when you had an itchy nose, that was your cerebellum that helped you scratch it!
- Brain Stem: this is one of the most important aspects of the brain responsible for all of the involuntary actions. This is what makes you live. It deals with your heart beat, breathing, gaging… everything that you do that does not require a thought process is done here.