I have wanted to study this area
for a long time. Research in recent times has accelerated due to advances
in new technology e.g. PET
scans and FRMI. Before these tools were available it was difficult to
study the brain to any level. At this time, great use was made of
autopsies. However this negated the use of longitudinal studies i.e.
looking at the development of a cohort of brains over a substantial period
of years. Now with these technological advances, neuroscience has
burgeoned. A spin off from this is that we can now start to see how the
brain learns. This has huge implications for students,
teachers and humans alike! The brain really operates on two levels:
1. Deals with bodily functions such as heart rate, body temperature and breathing ie homeostatic activities 2. Has a cognitive role, here it deals with high order functions including information processing, decision making, reasoning, language and consciousness.
This unit shall exam the cognitive role of the brain.
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