Reflective Essay On The Brain
While completing the first module for neurology there were many aspects of the brain that I was completely unaware of and found interesting. As a speech-language pathologist, it is important for one to know the function of the brain so one can have the skills to help improve the ability for an individual to communicate with others. Damage to certain parts of the brain function can lead to some drastic consequences relating to speech and language functions.
I had always found neurons to be interesting even when I was learning about it in high school, but after a whole section of just neurons and their physiology, I just fell in love with it. I knew that neuron's overall function is to transmit information throughout the body, …show more content…
How the brain develops is something classes rarely ever talk about, we always discuss the parts of the brain and how it functions and keep us alive. I thought this little piece of information was captivating. The brain grows in a sequential fashion meaning from the bottom (brainstem) to the top (cortex); from least complex to more complex. When the brain begins to develop it starts with the brainstem where it is found at the bottom of the skull and controls the heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Next would be the midbrain which is found at the top of the brainstem and it controls motor activity, appetite, and sleep arousal responses. After the midbrain comes the limbic system it is found in the most inner, central portion of the brain or cortex. The limbic system controls emotion reactivity, attachment, affect regulation, and long-term memory. The limbic system is actually one of my favorite aspects or lobe of the brain. The limbic system is one of my favorites because it is the part that makes us human. It holds our memories, emotions, and attachment to life itself, without this amazing lobe we would be emotionless beings walking around; much like robots. Lastly, the cortex the top layer of the brain and it controls logical thinking, reasoning, abstract and concrete thought, emotional mediation and many more crucial functions that make up the