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Psychology Lecture Sept 26

Psychology Lecture Sept 26 - Primary Somatosensory Cortex...

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- Primary Somatosensory Cortex: located in the parietal lobe, arches from one ear to the next. Its function: it receives information from all the touch receptor and from muscles and joints. It processes information about touch, temp, pressure, vibration, pain, and about the location and position of body parts. R -> L; L -> R. Adjacent – Adjacent. Size of body part doesn’t determine how much space your brain has for this area. More complex parts have bigger areas in the brain. - Association Areas: involved in complex mental processes. Higher mental processing, understanding, etc. involved in complex motor and sensory information processing. (PLEASE SEE HANDOUT) C.2.2 Brain Reorganization - Researchers thought that once your brain has matured nothing’s going to change. - Brain plasticity: The brain is plastic. It changes with experience. The brain is capable of reorganizing itself after brain injury or trauma. - Neuogenesis: the formation of new neurons in the brain. The brain will continue to make new neurons. D. Our Divided Brains - Functional asymmetry: the two hemispheres do not do the same job rather there seems to be some specialization taking place. One hemisphere is going to do some different thing. Ex. Left is linked to language. Right is linked to music.
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