The Many Functions of The Brain

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The Many Functions of The Brain The brain has many functions in which it helps process and understands information. One aspect of the brain is its memory. Memory is there so information can be used to understand what is happening around someone. The function of memory is somewhat of an enigma to many scientists. How does the brain store and retrieve such information and at such high speeds? Although it is hard to conceive the actual machine working behind memory scientist have been able to figure out the physiology behind this process. The brain is composed of millions of neurons. Communication between these neurons is by using nerve impulses from the axon of one neuron to the dendrites of another. This is called a synapse. All impulses are transmitted by a chemical substance, which is called a neurotransmitter. Scientists have not been able to explain the actual processes that occur within memory. They cannot explain why people can remember something's and not other or why some learning strategies are better then others. It turns into more of a guessing game using analogies to explain what happens. Memory has been compared to the way " we rummage our house for a lost object." That is the way the brain works in terms of memory. The confusing part is how one can store it retrieving it and even use it to decipher harder more complex problems. In one early theory memory is broken down into two areas. These areas are primary memory and secondary memory. Primary memory is said to not have to be retrieved. It was never lost and it is what is seen in present time. Secondary memory is a place where everything can be stored, but the difference is secondary memory has to be retrieved and cannot be used like primary me... ... middle of paper ... ... have meaning because they relate to a person. There is a control element to the way episodic memories are organized. Dissociative disorder creates a barrier between episodic memory and personal identity. Episodic memories can no longer be utilized because they have no frame of reference. Since scientists do not know how memory is organized it cannot come up with a scientific solution but only theories about such diseases. Memory is a very complex system. It is broken down into many different parts. When these parts cease to work it creates such disorders that are discussed above. Many people suffer from these diseases and there is no way of knowing how to cure them as of yet. Cognitive scientists have been working to find cures and to identify where and what memory is. It is still an enigma, but someday they may be able to figure out how the mind wo
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