3 Critical Parts Of Your Brain You Must Know & Why


Welcome back! Well, that’s if you read the previous blog post. If you haven’t, you can check it out later and so I’ll just simply say ‘Welcome!’ Alright let me start out by saying that if you haven’t realized it yet, you have the most advanced, powerful computer that has ever been created, and it’s right between your ears. Therefore, listen to (or read) what I’m about to say.
Although what I’m about to say may sound a little cliché, you can’t escape this fact and you’ll soon realize that. So here it is: Once you learn to harness and use the power in your brain, it will help you accomplish incredible things in life, that includes whatever goals you’re endeavoring to achieve, which I’m hoping you do have. Why, if you’re not even considering any goals in life, then you really don’t need a brain… article.
Anyway because your brain is such a powerful machine, understandably it’s rather complex. In fact you need a complex brain to understand a simple brain such as that of a fish. So imagine what it will take to understand your brain which is nowhere near as simple as a fish brain. Nevertheless, your brain is such a critical biological innovation that you just might want to understand if you really want to achieve great things in life. And that’s where we are, the most important puzzle piece within you, yet a very puzzling piece to grasp.
But don’t worry, this is why we’re breaking your brain down gradually. It’s totally possible for you to have an understanding of your brain, perhaps not a total understanding, but just what you need. Therefore in the previous article we divided your brain into two parts, the Left Hemisphere and the Right Hemisphere. So now let’s break it down a little more, into the three parts your brain can be divided. And so here they are: The Forebrain, The Midbrain and The Hindbrain.
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The Forebrain: This is known as the most advanced part of the three, and it’s what makes you more intellectually advanced than all the animals on the planet. Yes, even dolphins! Although other parts of your brain may also be found in some animals, no animal has such sophisticated brain parts as those found in your Forebrain. It contains the Cerebrum and the Cerebral Cortex which we’ll talk more about below. The Forebrain is responsible for things such as sensation, conscious movements, thoughts, emotions, behavior and speech. Yet as we break your brain down more, we’ll get into the specifics of other areas within your Forebrain and their function. For now, let’s consider the following.
    • The Cerebrum: The Cerebrum is the largest and perhaps the most important part of the human brain. It’s the main part within the Forebrain that separates you from all animals. The Cerebrum contains four essential lobes that are responsible for higher brain functions such as thoughts, imagination, judgement, reasoning, decision making, perception and deliberate actions. However, it’s also responsible for your visual, auditory and motor processing. The Cerebrum is actually what people imagine when they think about what their brain looks like. Now, keep your Cerebrum in mind as it’s the part of your brain we will be breaking down into four parts in the next article.
  • The Cerebral Cortex: This is the upper outer layer of your brain that looks like a wrinkly balled up sheet, basically the surface of the Cerebrum. It’s composed of six thin layers of Neurons that are on top of the White Matter pathways in your brain. The Cerebral Cortex can actually be found in humans as well as other mammals such as dolphins, chimps and dogs.
The Midbrain: Well to state the obvious, this is the part of the brain that’s in the middle of your brain. It’s between the Forebrain and the Hindbrain, which in fact connects the two. The Midbrain is responsible for controlling your vision, hearing, vocal cords, tongue, lips, mandibles, respiratory muscles, basically most parts related to your face. It even controls the way you laugh! The Midbrain is part of thCentral Nervous System linked to vision, hearing, sleep, arousal, wakefulness, temperature regulation and motor control.
The Hindbrain: This is the lower back of your brain that contains the CerebellumPons and the Medulla Oblongata. Man is it just me or does the Medulla Oblongata sound like the perfect villain name. Anyway the Hindbrain is considered the most primitive part of your brain and is in fact found in various types of animals. The Hindbrain is responsible for instincts and automated actions such as your heart rate and breathing. Yet let’s check out these three parts in your Hindbrain a little further.
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  • CerebellumAlso known as the Little Brain, it is mainly responsible for regulating and coordinating muscle movements that allow you to do things such as walk, grab and talk. It’s what helped you stand up straight with good posture and balance when mamma told you to. The Cerebellum uses information perceived from your Vestibular System such as through your eyes and ears, as well as your Motor SystemsBasal Ganglia and the Spinal Cord. Then it integrates this information with your muscles to help coordinate and influence outgoing motor pathways from your brain, for proper muscle movements relative to the space around you. In other words, it sends out signals to the nerve cells throughout your body which tell your muscles what you want them to do.The Cerebellum is also responsible for the talents and skills you develop through repeated practice such as learning to play the guitar. It takes over on remembering what you practice through procedure memory. So the more you practice something, the better the Cerebellum becomes at knowing which muscles and nerves to stimulate every time. That’s why there are sayings like ‘Practice makes perfect.’
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Have you ever heard that it takes 10,000 hours of practice for you to become an expert at something? Well it’s kind of true. You see, your Cerebellum is the main beneficiary when you practice something, especially something kinesthetic. Therefore, because the Cerebellum sends out signals to tell your muscles what you want them to do, remembers what you practice, and becomes better at stimulating nerves and muscle movement, all you really have to do in essence is repeat an action that will help you towards whatever goal you’re aiming for.
Alright perhaps that sounded a little basic yet this seems to be the most difficult part of the process for many people. Look, I could tell you to get started or to keep grinding and practicing the necessary actions without quitting, yet obviously this is a lot easier said than done. That’s because the ‘starting point’ and the not letting it ‘end point’ are the main areas people fail in life. They either never start or they give up after they have started. Therefore, set a schedule for yourself throughout the week where you lock down what you need to start doing and practicing. It’s just a start, but a good start.
You see, it takes a lot of momentum to get something weighty moving, like pushing a car. Yet after a great deal of pushing, resistance decreases as momentum increases and therefore the process becomes easier. Great accomplishments in life are weighty too, therefore the same goes for your goals. You’ve got to put a lot of hustle up front if you want to have it smooth or even possibly on cruise control later. And that’s what your Cerebellum will do for you.

If you would take at least two hours a day to practice the necessary, such repetition will strengthen your cerebellum’s memory and make massive improvements on signalling your nerves and muscles on appropriate movements. It’s like you’re building muscles in your brain to make better use of your actual muscles. So the more you practice the more automatic and easy the process becomes, the closer you get to expert level and the closer you get to your goal. Once again though, scheduling throughout the week what you must do is necessary for the self-discipline you need to get started on practicing that which you must do to be able to have what you want.

Back To Your Brain Parts…

  • Pons: Although it sounds plural, the Pons is a singular part within your Hindbrain, yet with multiple important functions. For example, it helps control and regulate your breathing frequency, depth and intensity. It’s also involved in your sleep cycles, mainly regulating deep sleep and even believed to be responsible for your dreams. Your Pons also serves as a bridge, transmitting messages between several parts of your brain such as your Cerebellum to your Cerebrum. Therefore without your Pons your brain would simply not work, as the parts within it would not be able to communicate with each other.
  • Medulla Oblongata: Also known as simply the Medulla, it’s a cone-shaped part of your brain that’s located between the Pons and your Spinal Cord. In fact, it transfers signals from your brain to your Spinal Cord. The Medulla is responsible for maintaining and regulating many involuntary things such as breathing, temperature, sweating, heart rate and blood pressure. In addition to that, it’s involved in your sneezing, swallowing, digestion, coughing… oh and when you have a hangover because it handles your vomiting too.

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Because health is extremely important especially if you’re striving to achieve something in life, it’s important to have good control of your blood pressure to be able to maintain good health. It’s also important to stay alive if you want to accomplish great things. And being that Heart Disease is the number one human killer in the US, you might want to consider helping your Medulla Oblongata regulate your blood pressure. And by the way, that’s just one horrible thing uncontrolled blood pressure causes! High blood pressure can also cause heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss and even sexual malfunction (that last one should motivate you). Therefore, consider the following 12 ways you can help your Medulla keep good control of your blood pressure: 

1.Watch your weight, this means not eating too much. 

2.In addition to not eating too much, you want to make sure you eat healthy which includes things such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

3.Exercise throughout the week, regardless of whether you need to lose weight or not. At least thirty minutes every other day usually works.

4.Don’t drink too much alcohol. This means no more than one to two drinks a day.

5.Consume a healthy amount of salt, mainly sodium. This means about 1,500 mg a day.

6.Don’t consume too much sugar. Sorry I don’t have a measurement for this one, just avoid eating too many sweets yes.

7.Don’t smoke, it’s that simple.

8.Laugh more!

9.Listen to music that makes you feel good and happy.

10.Do whatever you can to not get too stressed out about things or to reduce it if you do get stressed.

11.Associate more with people that care about you.

12.Ask your doctor for help and tips on how to keep control of your blood pressure.

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Conclusion

Alright that’s all we’ve got for now, because too much can be overwhelming. Remember that we’re breaking your brain down gradually, one step at a time. We have just broken it down into three sections and covered some of the parts within them. Yet, there are many more critical parts in your brain that you’ve got to find out about in order to keep your momentum going. Little by little you’re getting a realization on how magnificently designed you are and how you can use what you’re made of to your advantage. Ergo, in the next article we’re going to divide your Cerebrum into four and reveal the parts within them. 


A Review:

  • Although your brain is a puzzling piece, it’s the most important puzzle piece within you that you just might want to grasp. 
  • Your brain can be divided into three sections called the Forebrain, Midbrain and Hindbrain. 
  • The Forebrain consists of the Cerebrum and the Cerebral Cortex. 
  • The Hindbrain consists of the Cerebellum, Pons and the Medulla. 
  • We’re going to divide your brain into four parts on the next article. 

Did You Know?

Although the cerebellum takes over on remembering what you practice through procedure memory, it is believed that muscles themselves have memory space as well. Imagine what that can mean for you!


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  1. Thanks for publishing this awesome article. I’m actually learning about the human brain in school and this article really helped!

  2. Hello There. I discovered your blog and just want to say that it’s an extremely smartly written article. I like how you’re describing our brain and connecting it with our potential

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