Me and My Brain: A Digital Scrapbook

By Joshua Stanley.
Assignment #2, Psychology 12. Szakos.

It was a cold day out so to preoccupy myself I plugged my headphones in and started listening to my favorite audiobook, The Fault In Our Stars. My midbrain was arousing my forebrain so that it was ready to process the information coming from my sense of sound. But my midbrain was also fired since it contains my reward centre which was reacting to the chocolate I was eating. In the forebrain my temporal lobe was also in full swing in attempting to understand the verbal material my ears where hearing. On the top edge of my temporal lobe, my primary auditory cortex helps this process along by receiving the electrical signals from my ears and transforming them into meaningful sound sensations. My primary auditory cortex then sends the information to my auditory association area. This area proceeds to take the sound sensations and turns them into recognizable auditory information such as words or music. Now I am able to understand what the person reading the book was saying. Ontop of that my frontal lobe is interpreting and preforming the response to the tear jerking writing of my favourite author, John Green, whom is always killing of my favourite characters. Why, John, why?

For the first time in the winter season it had snowed. So my friends and I did what anyone would do at lunch,we had a snowball fight. My cerebellum, which is in charge of timed motor responses, was in full swing allowing me to throw my snowball in just the right way. Some of my friends, unluckily, weren't as good at this which gave me plenty of opportunities to peg them with a snowball. Due to my competitive nature, this is a battle I could not lose. So to avoid getting hit like my friends my frontal lobe was working away at making decisions and strategies of how best to avoid or hit my opponents. This is where my motor vortex came in helping me put everything together so I could move how I needed to, ducking at just the right time, making another snowball, adjusting the angle of my arm before throwing the balled up snow at my friend, and everything in between. My parietal lobe was crucial during the fight as well because without it my hand wouldn't know when to let go of the ammo. I wouldn't be able to release the snow ball at just the right time so that it hit my friends body, not head (which was strictly against the rules). My temporal and occipital lobes also had huge roles during the fight, letting me make sense that I needed to doge what my friend was throwing at me and that what I had in my hand was a snowball. It was a close call but after a hard fight I had finally beaten all of my friends and remained victorious.

It was winter in Maple Ridge and like most of the time during the winter season it was raining. Having enough of boredom I booted up my PlayStation two and starting playing my favorite video game, Sly Cooper 2. My frontal lobe, or more specifically my motor cortexs both the left and the right, were working non-stop preforming the act of pushing the buttons on the controller. Located in the hindbrain and in charge of timed motor responses, my cerebellum was also working hard making sure that the buttons were pushed at just the right time. Enemies of Sly Cooper beware, I was prepared for a fight and I was NOT going to let bad man, Demetri, get away. To foil his evil plan my frontal lobe was fired up coming up with strategies and making decisions on how best to defeat him and his guards. While facing off with the bad guys my parietal lobe is also in motion locating my fingers and processing sensory information allowing me to tell the buttons apart and what one of them I'm pressing. But most importantly my primary visual cortex, located at the back of the occipital lobe, is receiving electrical signals from receptors in the eyes and turning them into visual sensations. My visual association area then receives these visual sensations and transforms them into meaningful visual perceptions. This combined with my temporal lobe allows me to see whats happening on my T.V screen and make sense of it. With so much going on in my brain no wonder why the bad guys never stood a chance against me.

I was home sick from school due to my throat being incredibly sore and was laying in my bed. My cat, June, then jumped up on my bed and starting nudging me with her head like she always does when she wants attention. When June and I were cuddling my forebrain, or more specifically the frontal lobe, lit up like a Christmas tree. This is because the frontal lobe is involved in preforming voluntary motor movements like moving my hand up and down Junes back. It is also responsible for interpreting and preforming emotional behaviors like smiling when she snuggled into my neck and feel asleep for twenty minutes. My samatosensory cortexs in my parietal lobe were also fired up and very important during the cuddle session. Not only does it process the sensory information it's receiving from my fingers as I touch June's fur, which is very soft, but also locates where my hand was on her body. Without it I wouldn't be able to tell if I was petting my cat or the president of the United States. Lastly my primary visual cortex in my occipital lobe and my temporal lobe lets me know it is June not a raccoon and allows me to understand she wants to be pet. Nothing like a snugly cat to make you feel better on a sick day.

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