How much brain anatomy do you remember from high school? Forebrain, midbrain, hindbrain, what do they all do again?
- Frontal – Planning, organizing, problem solving, memory, impulse control, decision making
- Parietal – Sensory information (hot, cold, pain), orientation (up, down), balance
- Temporal – Sound, speech, language, memory, fear
- Occipital – Shape and color perception, seeing, reading
- Cerebellum – Balance, movement, coordination
- Brain stem – Breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, swallowing
Peeling back a layer, we get to the center of our emotional life – the limbic system.
- Thalamus – The brain’s relay station, channeling impulses from most of the senses. Important in sorting the importance and significance of some information over others. The “waiting room” where sensory information is sent before going to the cerebral cortex for processing.
- Hypothalamus – Moods and motivation, sexual maturation, temperature regulation, hormones, hunger, thirst, using both electrical and chemical messages
- Amygdala – Center…
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