Diving Into Neuroscience

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What is Neuroscience?

According to a quick google search, neuroscience is defined as the “scientific study of the nervous system, its functions an disorders”.

You might be asking yourself—What exactly does that mean?

Well, in other words neuroscience is the study that encompasses the communication between the brain and spinal cord. The brain is a large portion of neuroscience research but the nervious system is also compromised of the spinal cord.

In fact the nervous system is compromised of the Central Nervous system and the Peripheral nervous system which study the brain and spinal cord and the nerves and ganglia in charge of sending information to the rest of the body.

But neuroscience ultimately simplifies to the study of neurons and how they communicate with other neurons throughout the brain and nervous system.

Why is Neuroscience even important?

Not only is every individual the result of the unique neurochemistry inside a 3lb organ that uses 20% of our total energy but neuroscience is also the science of what makes humans unique to every other animal in the animal kingdom.

While many animals do indeed have a brain or some nervous system, humans have bigger prefrontal lobes and are able to engage in many executive function tasks such as planning, working memory, emotional control and attention. We are able to use our brains to think about our brain. Yes you read that right! We have consciousness and the ability to reflect, learn and rewire connections in our brain and even capable of neurogenesis-which is the birth of new neurons, occuring even in adults in the hippocampal area. So neuroscience is important to understand how humans think and really why we act the way we do.

How is Neuroscience Applicable to my everyday life?

Neuroscience is the science that explains why and how we manage things such as stress, emotions, challenges and many other behaviors. Many mental health disorders are caused by imbalances in neurochemistry and certain circuit activations. Our behaviors are able to be observed by the activation of certain areas in our brain and how often we practice these behaviors. While there are still many unknowns in neuroscience there are many applications to our daily life struggles.

Some more real life applications:

  • [ ] How you react to a stressful event in your life
  • [ ] How sleep affects your focus and mood
  • [ ] How your attention span and focus decrease after becoming addicting to mindless scrolling on your phone (ok, that one might be a bit too specific..heheh)
  • [ ] How you learn
  • [ ] What your habits are —either positive or negative

Question/ Action for readers:

What is one behavior you wish you understand the neurobiology of? What is a behavior stopping your from reaching your happiest life?


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