Functions of the Brain and Mind

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What are the functions of the mind?

Functions of the Brain and Mind

If you want to delve into the art of self-hypnosis, you probably know, or are intrigued about, the power of the mind. Your mind is wonderful and mysterious. The more you learn to control it, the better you will be able to achieve your goals.

The brain is an organ; the mind is hard to find. The brain is the body's control center. Only a small part of the brain, the cortex, is devoted to thinking, though it has other functions as well. The cortex is the outer layer, and probably most recent from the point of view of evolution.

The brain is busy making your body work right, controlling your heartbeat and respiration, sending and receiving impulses to and from your spinal cord, and many other functions. In the meantime, experiences are processed and stored away as memories. Various kinds of learning take place.

The mind is an abstraction. It does not necessarily reside in the brain. In fact, it is probably throughout the body. But it must have some link to the cortex because it requires consciousness and self-awareness. Neither of these is necessary in the most primitive part of the brain, the brain stem, sometimes called the reptilian or lizard brain, which regulates life functions like heartbeat and respiration.

Strangely, the mind does not distinguish between real and imagined events. Research shows activity in the same parts of the brain when you are imagining doing something as when you are really doing it. This is very important in self-hypnosis.

   

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