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The ChildTrauma Academy www.ChildTrauma.org All Rights Reserved © 2002 Bruce D. Perry Brain Structure and Function I Basics of Organization Bruce D. Perry, MD, Ph.D. This booklet is one in a series developed by the ChildTrauma Academy to assist parents, caregivers, teachers and various professionals working with maltreated and traumatized children. I NTERDISCIPLINARY E DUCATION S ERIES Edited by B. D. Perry Adapted in part from: “Maltreated Children: Experience, Brain Development and the Next Generation” (W.W. Norton & Company, New York, in preparation)
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Brain Structure and Function I: Perry 2 www.ChildTrauma.org Introduction The adult brain weighs about three pounds. This three pounds of, primarily, water and fat, allows us to walk and talk; to laugh, cry and touch; to love, hate, create or destroy. Everything we do, everything we think, everything we feel, every wish, dream, regret and hope is mediated by our brain. Our brain guides us through our lives. By sensing the world around us, storing some fragment of each unique moment, cataloguing, sorting, organizing and acting on our experiences, our brain defines us. It is the brain that allows us to be connected to each other in the present. It is the brain that links us to the past as our language, religion, economies, technologies – essentially all of our cultural practices - reflect the distilled experiences of thousands of generations of our ancestors. And it is the brain that connects us to the future as we pass elements of our life experience to the next generations. It is the brain that allowed humankind to create humanity. The purpose of this booklet is to provide background information about the brain’s structure and function that create the framework for understanding the impact that maltreatment or trauma may have on the developing child. The majority of professionals working with maltreated children do not have a background in biology or the neurosciences. This booklet is targeted at the wide group of non- neuroscientists working with maltreated children. Understanding of the rudiments of human brain function and brain development can provide very useful and practical insight to the, all-too-often, puzzling emotional, behavioral, cognitive, social and physical problems that the interdisciplinary team faces when working with maltreated children. The Brain’s Prime Directive Sharks sense blood in water, dogs hear very high pitched sounds, bears detect scents from miles away, geese navigate thousand mile migrations somehow sensing magnetic fields of the earth, hawks see the movement of prey from hundreds of feet in the air and snakes “sense” body heat. Each of these unique capabilities is mediated by the animal’s brain. Their brain’s capacities to sense, process and act are designed to help keep them alive – to find food, to avoid threat, to procreate and keep the species going. It is, in many regards, the same for us. We need a brain to keep our species going. Without the unique properties of the brain, humankind would
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