EDGR 535 Theories of Teaching and Learning
Instructor: Stephanie Murphy
MY AMAZING BRAIN
In this paper I with reveal some amazing facts that I’ve learned about the brain and how it functions. I will give new meaning to the phrase, “I changed my mind.” This paper will shed light to the fact of teenagers making poor choices because of what is happening in their brain. I will briefly discuss the impact of stress as a trigger to the brain that can cause harm to the body.
MY AMAZING BRAIN
My Amazing Brain
Have you ever heard or said the phrase? “I changed my mind.” Well, one amazing fact that I found is that humans have the capacity and the choice to be able to change our own brains (Jensen, 2005). Our brains are comprised with billions of neurons. Neurons are cells specialized for the transmission of information and characterized by long, fibrous projections called axons and shorter, branchlike projections called dendrites. A person environment and life experiences can lead to changes in the brain. After learning some basic facts about the brain, I realized I must seek every opportunity to feed my brain with knowledge and surround myself with positive influences. I also know that aging does not mean I am going to lose all of my brain cells causing me to be less of a thinker or problem solver. Another interesting fact I’ve learned is that the teenagers’ brain seeks pleasure and that it is very immature. This accounts for all the foolish choices I made as a teenager. The teens’ brain is influenced by volatile levels of feel-good neurotransmitter, maybe too low or too high, researchers are not sure. The brain undergoes construction during the teenage years (Jensen, 2008). This could be one of the reason teenagers are so easily influenced by their peers. Last, I was amazed how our brains are at work even when we are asleep and how...