The Human Brain

The Human BrainOur brain gives us power to think, speak and imagine. The brain is small, roughly 3 lbs, everything consciously and unconsciously happens here. Deep inside the brain information is communicated through the release of chemicals and electrical impulses. These impulses travel along brain cells called neurons.

Scientists estimate that we have 100 billion neurons forming networks and connections between the brain and the body.

Messages are sent through neurons.

A popular theory of brain organization is that of the Triune Brane which describes the brain in three distinct sections with a hierarchy of refinement and consciousness.

The lowest area, Reptillian Brain or brain stem, controls our physical and unconscious functions like breathing, heart rate and hunger. Secondary, Mammalian/ Limpic brain filled with memory, emotions, bonding and reactions like the fight or flight response.

The top part of the brain is called the cerebral cortex and this deals with most of our conscious activity like reading, writing, art, thinking and performing skilled movements.

If you look at the cortex, it is divided into two parts, left and right hemispheres.

They are constantly receiving info from and to body and senses. The hemispheres connected by thick bundle of nerves called Corpus Callosum which acts as a bridge connecting the two hemispheres and enabling a constant flow of information.

When the electrical impulses from the body and senses arrive at the cortex they cross over to the opposite side of the brain, meaning the right hemisphere controls the left side of the body.

Each of us tends to be more reliant on one hemisphere than the other. When stressed we operate from our default or dominate hemisphere. When stressed we become more restricted to dominate sides.

Different specialist areas become active, we now know that when we hear someone, the speech centers are not the only one active. At any time there is activity defused across the brain showing that for the best possible performance we need the whole brain working in an adhesive and integrative way.

Linda

About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created MSrelief.com. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

6 Comments:

  1. Hi Linda,
    The human brain certainly is a complex piece of work.
    Thanks for sharing some insights to understanding some of it.

    When I consider the complexity of all of our major organs, cells, tissue, bones, joints etc, it’s glaringly obvious that we are creations of an intelligence consisting of infinite power and awareness.
    Something this unique couldn’t have come from anything else 🙂

    In Ultimate Health and Well Being

    Toni

    • Toni~
      I’m glad you found value in this post! It is fun to learn from each other, I’m eager to read your latest post!
      Linda

  2. Travis,
    What brought you to MSrelief.com? I’m very curious! I can see by your site you’re an online marketer and I plan to check out what you do, but why comment on MSrelief?
    Linda

  3. This post have great knowledge an valuable information, the author presents this article in very unique and different way i never read this article before this such a great article.

  4. Thank you very much Linda for this brief but detailed information on the human brain. I have some research study and this one will be helpful to me. Don’t worry as I will sight you in my paper. Thanks again and more power..

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