The Function of the Brain Term Paper by Nicky

A brief look at the function of the brain as it relates to psychology.
# 150892 | 853 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 29, 2012 in Biology (General) , Psychology (General)

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This paper discusses how understanding the function of the human brain is critical in understanding how and why people think and act the way they do. It also looks at how studying the brain can also explain many different types of behaviors, such as emotions, stress, and even the development of language.

From the Paper:

"The brain is divided into four sections, called lobes. Emotions are associated with the Frontal lobe, along with reasoning, movement, planning, parts of speech, and problem solving. The neurological pathways associated with perceiving and producing emotions come from two individual neurological pathways. Two scientists found, "The first pathway connects the prefrontal cortex, the brain's emotional command center, to the nucleus accumbens, a region linked primarily to positive emotion; the second connects it to the amygdala, which is linked primarily to negative emotion" (Editors, 2008). Studies have shown that people can "turn off" their negative emotions by thinking about other things, and that seeing and feeling something can trigger emotions in the brain. Studies also show that damage to the frontal lobe, especially in children, can produce a lack of or negative emotional status for people, leading to deviant emotions in some people. The frontal lobe is located in the limbic system, which also contains glands like the hypothalamus, the septum, and the hippocampus. Scientists have called the limbic system the control center of the entire brain."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Editors. (2008). Columbia neuroscientists identify brain regions responsible for warding off negative emotion. Retrieved 23 Oct. 2009 from the Columbia University Web site:
  • Pinker, Steven. (2009). Language and the brain. Retrieved 23 Oct. 2009 from the Thinkquest Web site:
  • Taber, K.H., and Hurley, R.A. (2009). PTSD and Combat-related injuries: Functional neuroanatomy. Journal of Neuropsychiatry 21:iv-4, Winter.

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