The Thinker Explores the Thinking Mind!

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!

Temporal Lobe:

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!

Cerebellum

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).

Brain Stem

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.

Parietal Lobe:

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.

Liam

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2 thoughts on “The Thinker Explores the Thinking Mind!

  1. I’ve always been fascinated by the brain too. I tend to believe the layout of those areas of the brain is the same in all people who have the same organ layout in their bodies. It’s essentially random but in some way corresponds with the layout of the functioning sensory organs of the body, which is obviously the same in everybody.
    Which is why the occipital lobe is useless in people who are born blind because that area of the brain is not stimulated (trained) by visual signals and naturally is taken over by other senses’ neural requirements, in the same way that fluid fills a space. Speaking of which, I heard of a case where a young boy had some problem (severe epilepsy, maybe? Not sure.) and surgeons literally removed one side of his brain leaving that half of the head to fill with fluid. The amazing thing was that the remaining half of his brain “retrained” itself over time to take up the slack from the missing half. His was cured of the problem and lives a normal life.
    Feel free to research this and call BS if it isn’t true but the brain does have remarkable capacity to retrain and relearn things, especially at a young age.
    I once worked with Kohonen self-organising artificial neural networks in my early years of software engineering. Fascinating stuff.

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