So recently I was directed to an interesting psychology website by a friend after she realised that I expressed an interest in the psychology of the mind (which is true). So, she sent me a link to the site, and I thought I’d share the information with you guys (whilst crediting the source itself, of course).
The Frontal Lobe:
I thought I would start with the part of the brain that has to be the most interesting part for a thinker. The part that does the main thinking itself! The frontal lobe itself deals with personality, organisation, judgement and problem solving. Also, in more detail, is “Broca’s Area”, which helps with speech, awesome stuff!
Then, just below that, I thought I would go into detail in another area that has little bits inside the main lobe. This time round, it’s the temporal lobe. The temporal lobe itself is awesome, mainly for the fact that musicians like myself have more gray matter in this area than non-musicians. Another interesting fact is that inside the temporal lobe is a thing called a hippocampus (quite a cool name), and what makes this interesting is that taxi drivers have a large hippocampus as it allows them to store all the information about roads and so forth.
Occipital Lobe [pronounced Ox-ip-it-ol]
This is behind the temporal lobe, and is interesting as it involves sight and perception. This is clever as blind people use this area for Braille, despite their sight being impaired.
Also, you’ve always heard that blind people have enhanced senses in other areas (for example, greater hearing), well this is where the change happens! Right here in the occipital lobe!
But wait, there’s more! Reading a book involves this area too! Imagination is linked to the occipital lobe! Wahey!
By far the greatest name for a part of the brain (hey, that rhymes!), is the cerebellum. What this involves balance, voluntary movements, and involuntary movements (such as reflex actions).
This is the big part of the brain for us. It is essential for our survival, and does all the required stuff. One of the things it can determines is whether the owner of the brain enters a coma or death should it get damaged.
This is behind the frontal lobe, and is all about touch, pressure and pain, and is also for language and math (Einstein had a large parietal lobe, which explains his in-depth knowledge of maths).
There you have it! The mind is an interesting thing, isn’t it?
Thanks to Allison who directed me to the article, and for those who want to read it, you can find it by clicking here. It has a really great interactive graphic that allows you to explore the wonderful area that is our mind.