Before I disclose who your puppeteer is, I want you to play a game.
No, it’s not you. 😉
You have to stare into your friend’s eyes and whoever blinks first will lose.
With this, one thing is clear,you are not the puppeteer of your own body because you have to try so hard to not blink, despite being the master of your voluntary movements!
Who is the master?
It’s your brain!!
Yes, you have to be grateful to your brain for making you remember where your best friend lives or the dreams that you have when you are asleep, or not being in charge of how often you blink.
Isn’t it amazing that your brain knows when you are asleep and doesn’t disturb you by making you constantly blink your eyes; or know when you are awake, hence not bothering you to start dreaming?
To sum it up, intelligence, creativity, emotion, and memory are a few of the many things governed by the brain.
Of course, the main factor to be thankful for is that we are alive because of it.
Now we are going to make a brain model of our own.
The model will make it fun for you to understand the main parts-or-strings- that make us puppets, think innovative things and function in our day to day lives.
Protected within the skull,the brain is composed of the cerebrum,cerebellum, and brainstem.
The brain receives information through our five senses: sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing.
Fun Fact: The adult brain weighs 1.5 kilograms(3.3 lbs), on average.
- Cerebrum: largest part of the brain. It allows you to move, touch, feel and see.
- Cerebellum: coordinates you to maintain postures, muscle movements and balance. It is behind all the amazing yogis and gymnasts that represent our country.
- Brainstem: includes the midbrain, pons, and medulla. It acts as a relay centre connecting the cerebrum and cerebellum to the spinal cord. It performs many automatic functions such as breathing, heart rate, body temperature, wake and sleep cycles, digestion, sneezing,coughing, vomiting, and swallowing.
- The 4 Lobes of the brain: frontal,temporal,parietal and occipital. Each lobe may be divided,once again, into areas that serve very specific functions.
i) Frontal Lobe
- Personality,behaviour, emotions
- Judgement, problem solving
- Body movement
- Intelligence, concentration, self-awareness
ii) Temporal Lobe
- Understanding language
iii) Parietal Lobe
- Interprets words
- sense of touch
- Interprets signals from vision
- hearing, sensory and memory
iv) Occipital Lobe
- Interprets vision (colour, light, movement)
The brain is an organ that serves as the centre of the nervous system and is the most complex organ in the human body. The brain is located in the head, close to the sensory organs, such as the eyes.
Now that we are coming towards the end, you may feel happy to realise that the process of understanding this blog was an example of yet another successful puppet show!