Chapter 4 : Physiological aspects of Mind & Memory Control


In chapter two, you learnt practical home based skills that will drastically improve your mind power. Here, we will focus on biological processes that take place in ones brain during the process of learning new information. The focus will be on:

a) Chemicals

b) Neuron interactions

What Happens

Cognitive neuroscience is the science which is chiefly mandated with study of biological procedurals in memorization. Brain sectors that are principally involved with memory retention vary in purpose and area in which they are situated. Some of them include amygdala, striatum and the delicate hippocampus.

Hippocampus is believed to control spatial as well as declarative aspects of learning. On the other hand, amygdala will control ones emotional recollection. Damage to particular sectors of your brain system will eventually lead to memory deficit related to the affected region. It’s not adequate to illustrate memory or its close counterpart, learning. These two are solely attributable to particular changes that occur in ones neuronal synapses, which are further mediated with constant ‘potentiation’ as well as extended stress duration.

Researchers have confirmed that express injections of cortisol hormone and epinephrine will assist in storage of your very recent experiences. The same effect is achieved when the amygdala has been stimulated. Excitement improves memory through stimulating certain hormones which influence the amygdala.

Too much or extended stress may lead to drastic loss of memory. Patients who are suffering from damage of their amygdala would most probably recall emotionally thrilling words than other non-emotionally stimulating sentences. Moreover, ones hippocampus is vital for unambiguous memory. It is also helpful in actual consolidation of your memory.

Hippocampus does receive input from several regions of your cortex, after which it will convey output to diverse sectors of your brain. This particular input results from certain secondary as well as tertiary sensory parts which had previously processed the data. Injury to you Hippocampus can further result to memory loss, alongside difficulties related to memory storage.

Disorders Related to Memory Loss

The general term for memory loss is amnesia. There are several categories of amnesia, and through studying their diverse forms one can effectively observe evident defects at the individual’s counter-systems that are related to memory mechanism. Consequently, you will theorize their functioning in a standard operational brain.

Other neurological dysfunctions like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disorder have the potency of affecting cognition and also memory. The ‘hyperthymesic syndrome’ regularly affects the person’s autobiographical reminiscence; basically meaning that one will not forget minor details which otherwise may not be easily stored.

Another disorder is known as Korsakoff’s neurosis. This is as macrobiotic brain disorder which negatively affects memory. In some rare cases one can also suffer brief failure of information recovery from the memory, a condition commonly referred to as tip-of your-tongue occurrence. However, individuals suffering from Anomia will not experience this condition continuously, mainly due to injury to the anterior along with parietal lobes which operate your brain functionalities.

Philosophical Roots of Mind-Body Interrelations

The study of mind-to-body correlation was investigated by several philosophers all through the previous centuries. It was Rene Descartes who first affirmed that ones mind and physiological functioning are distinct entities. It was through his coherent school of reason that standard Western medicine gained its origins.

Since then, several original evidences and other findings have proven that there’s actually a correlation between these two parts. Ernest Rossi explored this topic and then scripted a book entitled ‘Psychobiology of Body & Mind Healing.’ In the book, Rossi argues that certain ‘precursor molecules’ serve as the general denominator which makes effective communication feasible between behavior, mind, emotions as well as the state of genes in terms of wellbeing or illness.

They will communicate all through several cells found in both your mind & body. Activities of each single nerve found in the body system can be altered through some messenger molecules. These substances have the capacity to program our emotions, behavioral patterns, memory and also learning capacity.

Essentially, all vital systems found in your body will be able to communicate with each other via similar messenger molecules. A scientific study was done to identify the main reason as to why psychological strain arises, and it was discovered that the chief cause of this was suppressed immune structure.

Stress generally reduces immune response since IL-2 amenable gene system will be compromised due to appropriate production of certain IL-2 conveyance molecules would be low. These findings established that there’s a straight association between your mind & body, thought patterns, sensations, emotional tendencies and pictorials which all manipulate certain mechanisms in your body structure.

There are 3 basic steps vital in facilitation of body to mind contact healing. The initial technique is concerned with accessing certain state-dependant reminiscence, learning, as well as behavioral systems which serve to encode particular psychosomatic difficulties.

The next reframing process incorporates reorganizing systems in a particularly healthy structure. Our memory regularly changes each instance that we access the same data. This is because you will adjust it for current use and reprocess differently during the second storage instance. The final step is very simple and involves actively confirming that the relative message has already been stored.

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