The brain : what everyone needs to know by Gary L. Wenk

By Gary L. Wenk

This pleasing travel of the mind solutions such primary questions as, what's the function of the mind? what's an emotion? what's a reminiscence? How does nutrients have an effect on the way you consider? Dr. Wenk has skillfully mixed the top scholarly criteria with illuminating insights, light humor, and welcome simplicity.

summary: This unique travel of the mind solutions such primary questions as, what's the goal of the mind? what's an emotion? what's a reminiscence? How does nutrition impact the way you consider? Dr. Wenk has skillfully combined the top scholarly criteria with illuminating insights, mild humor, and welcome simplicity

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37 neurons in your brain works best when their connections, that is, their axons, are fully insulated with myelin. The frontal lobes are the last region of the brain to finish this process of myelination; women finish by age 25 while men finish this process by age 30. You can see what this implies: on average, women have functioning frontal lobes at least five years sooner than men do. In general, men are diagnosed with schizophrenia earlier than women; however, the incidence of schizophrenia is higher in women after age 30.

Thus, humans fear everything that is unfamiliar or not-​like-​me: we fear unfamiliar dogs, people who look or dress differently, unfamiliar places, unfamiliar odors, things that go bump in the night, people who stare at us for too long, heights, enclosed small spaces, dark alleys, unknown people who follow us, etc. You get the idea. We all have witnessed the consequences of fear: we hide behind closed doors, we hide in protected or gated communities, we keep a loaded gun by every door and under the pillow, we hire bodyguards, we install security systems, we build walls.

You experience your brain’s adjustment to the eventual absence of this substance as craving. Consider, for example, the very powerful drug, sugar. Your brain needs sugar (usually in the form of glucose) to function normally. The many billions of neurons in your brain require a constant supply of glucose to maintain their ability to produce energy and communicate with other neurons. The brain consumes the equivalent of about 12 donuts worth of glucose every day. Neurons can tolerate a deprivation of glucose for only a few minutes before they begin to die.

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