Jonathan You – Brain Blogger Health and Science Blog Covering Brain Topics Wed, 30 May 2018 15:00:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Source of Intuition Wed, 11 Apr 2007 15:05:32 +0000 Neuroscience and Neurology CategoryThe limbic system… Some scientists call this part of the lower brain a “transmitter to God” because it is at the center of the intuition that we experience. In other words, if we were to believe in the existence of human spirit, this is the part that would most likely connect our mind to the spirit.

There are actually many subparts we can divide our attentions into within the limbic system. My subsequent posts will deal with each sub organ of limbic system as the discussion leads. For now, I would like to stay focused on the concept of intuition that is related to the brain function.

Many people rely on their intuition. With varying degree of success, we all experience intuitive reactions in our lives without thinking. I made some intuitive decisions that my mind logically disagree with. And I don’t know how glad I am to have made such decisions intuitively. So then, how does the intuition work in relation to our subconscious mind? Learning about brain functions, I was always fascinated about its spiritual capability to connect our minds with qualities that are neither corporal nor scientific. This is one area that I am thrilled to study further.

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Subconscious Mind and the Limbic System Mon, 09 Apr 2007 15:10:37 +0000 Neuroscience and Neurology CategoryI once thought the brain was only a big cerebral cortex. I never thought that there is the little guy hidden underneath with such a dynamic function and prominent role in human behavior. When we talk about the brain, most people often imagine the big cerebral cortex that is responsible for out cognitive functions such as analyzing, thinking, memorizing, and etc. Our perception is that brain functions are all about abstract mind function. But there are other functions that we seldom realize in our lives that the small brain is responsible for.

Our uncensored behavior often stems from the functions of the limbic system. And this system is an interesting organ driven by the pure logic of pain and pleasure. It subconsciously affects our behavior in the pattern of emotional response. It responds to pleasure by an inner peace. It also reacts to threats by an instinct for a survival mode. In fact, the only language it speaks is fear or peace.

Another intriguing aspect of the limbic system is that it feeds off of your emotion. The stronger your feeling is toward a certain events or experience, the stronger it reacts to that particular emotion. It is quite conceivable that we can even train human behavior by manipulating this simple behavioral aspect of your lower brain.

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Mystery of Brain Function Mon, 09 Apr 2007 14:53:57 +0000 Neuroscience and Neurology CategoryWhen I first explored the intricacies of brain function, I was amazed how the brain works in such a sophisticated fashion. My main interest at the time was in higher brain functions – the cortex and its relation to our conscious mind. However, I soon shifted my focus to low brain function, the way the limbic system worked under the hood. In my profession, I always struggle to make distinction between head and heart. It seems like a mystery how the conscious and subconscious minds worked in conjunction with the high and low brain functions. In my next few postings, I would like to explore the functions of the human brain — particularly of the limbic system, responsible for impulsive (or subconscious) behavior.

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