Job Description of the Brain

by Caroline von Fluegge-Chen

Job Description of the Brain

Or, an explanation to why, when your nerve system is out of balance, you’re mad at the world and downright impatient; you’re hungry all of the time; your libido is on the fritz, you can’t remember the simplest things; your moods are going haywire; you feel overwhelmed; you can’t sleep; you’re always sick; you can’t sit still; your kids are traveling down that very same pathway…and why you and your family should be getting chiropractic care now to stay healthy and sane.

Frontal Lobes: Consciousness; attention; motivation; thinking; problem-solving; judgments; planning; movement; memory; mood control; language; word associations; processing socio-emotional information; rhythm and intonation of speech; how people initiate activity in response to their environment; emotional balancing; assigns meaning to the words we choose.

Parietal Lobes: Goal-directed voluntary movements; manipulation of objects; body awareness; arousal; perception of stimuli; physical orientation; location of visual attention and touch perception; recognition; association; reading comprehension, math and grammar; association between self, the environment and others;  naming objects; integration of different senses (sight, taste, sound, smell, touch) that allows for an understanding of a single concept.

Temporal Lobes: Memory acquisition; short and long-term memory; emotional balancing; temper control and aggression; language function; perception; comprehension; facial recognition; categorization of objects by color; recognition of auditory stimuli and auditory perception.

Occipital Lobes: Visual processing; sequential memory functions; arousal; balance and coordination.

Cerebellum: Finer aspects of movement such as dancing, walking, writing, or playing a musical passage.

Hemispheres: Right – Emotional quotient (EQ); early self-concept; social encoding; social skills; face recognition; emotional processes; negative emotions; empathy; nonverbal expression and association; spatial memory and problem-solving; auditory processing; musical processing. Left – Intelligence quotient (IQ); logic; verbal association; verbal expression; verbal memory; auditory processing, word recognition; math and grammar problem-solving.

Basil Ganglia: Manages anxiety level by smoothing integration of thoughts, feelings, movement.

Limbic System: Dedicated to survival controlling appetite, sex drive, muscle tone, arousal of emotions, sleep, relaxation and tension; gatekeeper for all incoming sensory information; translates emotional states into physical feelings; fight or flight response; highly charged storage area of emotions and memories.

Thalamus and Hypothalamus: Regulates levels of arousal (sleep and wakefulness) and levels of awareness; relay station for incoming sensory stimuli and permits the senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch) to be used in combination; maintains physical balance between brain and body by regulating blood pressure, emotion (anger, aggression), thirst, hunger, fatigue, body temperature, blood sugar level; links the nerve system to the endocrine system via the pituitary gland to control hormones (growth, metabolism, fertility, pregnancy, lactation, organ function, pain relief, stress management, water regulation, etc.)

Amygdala: Stores memories of traumatic experiences; monitors incoming stimuli for anything threatening and activates the fight or flight freeze stress response when danger is detected; responsible for precipitating changes in heart rate and blood pressure in response to threats.

Hippocampus: Similar to a memory chip in a computer – the hub of memory and learning; site where conscious memory is stored; converts short-term memory to more permanent long-term memory.