Laura Johnson How The Brain Has Developed


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Brain Research - LTCY 199 - Summer 2009 - Brain Development

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Laura Johnson How The Brain Has Developed

  1. 1. The Human Brain Evolved, Too.<br /> By: Laura Johnson<br />
  2. 2. Meet Your Brain…<br />You have three brains:<br />The Brain Stem or “Lizard Brain”<br />The Paleomammalian Brain or “Mammalian Brain”<br />The Human Brain<br />
  3. 3. The Brain is Still evolving<br />Our Brain and our heads are evolving.<br />They are getting bigger all the time.<br />
  4. 4. Evolving by Adapting<br />We were forced out of our natural habitat into a harsher environment.<br />Had to learn how to adapt to different climate changes and different landscaping.<br />
  5. 5. Evolving by Adapting Continued…<br />We began in a certain area and then as climates changed, we traveled to new areas, eventually distributing humans throughout the world.<br />Our ancestors is thought to have only about 2,000 individuals all together. Then as we expanded areas, so did our population. <br />We now have over 7 billion people throughout the world.<br />
  6. 6. 4 legs to 2 legs<br />Going from 4 legs to 2 legs to walk on the savannah freed up energy to develop a complex brain. (Medina, Page 47)<br />
  7. 7. Symbolic Reasoning<br />Humans are able to see an object as itself and as other things as well.<br />Also known as Dual Representation. <br />Pentagon Shape The Pentagon<br />
  8. 8. Symbolic Reasoning Continued…<br />You can make any object or item into any thing you want it to be. <br />Ex: Make a horizontal line. It doesn’t have to stay a line, you can make it into an L by adding a vertical line to it.<br />
  9. 9. Feeling it<br />Our ability to learn has deep roots in relationships. (Medina, page 45)<br />For example, depending on the relationship with your teacher can determine the quality of education you receive.<br />
  10. 10. Theory of Mind<br />We have the ability to view the psychological interior of people.<br />This is called theory of mind.<br />We try to see our world in terms of motivations, ascribing motivations to our pets and even to inanimate objects. This skill is useful for selecting a mate, for navigating day-to-day issues surrounding life together, and parenting. (Medina, page 44)<br />
  11. 11. Theory of Mind Continued…<br />Humans have a natural instinct to try and figure out what is going through a peers mind.<br /> It is very difficult to figure out what your peer is thinking just by body language. You would have to pry into their mind to figure it out.<br />We do this involuntary, every where we go.<br />
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  13. 13. Refrences <br />John J. Medina (2008). brain rules (1st ed.). Seattle, WA: John J    Medina.<br />John J. Medina (2009). brain rules. Retrieved July 10, 2009 from    None, Pear Press Web site:<br />Labrecque, Jeremy (July, 2009). Neuroscience finds wisdom centers in the    brain . Discovery Magazine, , .<br />