Select a part of the brain. Explain its functions and how it impacts learning

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1. Select a part of the brain. Explain its functions and how it impacts learning.

2. According to the text the cerebral cortex is the gray squiggly part of the brain that makes up more than 80% of the total weight of the brain and is about the same thickness of an orange peel (Schunk, 2016). The cortex is the centralized command station of the brain that’s responsible for learning, memory, and processing sensory information. The cerebral cortex is divided into four major parts; frontal lobe, parietal, temporal, and occipital. The frontal lobe receives information from other parts of the brain and once received this information is then processed and sent out as commands to the muscles in order to create movement. The parental is where the somatosensory cortex is located. It’s here where information from touch, pain, and temperature is processed (Schunk, 2016). For example, when you are punched in the arm receptors in this part of the brain are triggered to let the body know that pain has been inflected on the part of the body. The temporal is where sounds and smells are processed in addition to memory and emotional information. Lastly, the occipital is responsible for processing visual information (Schunk, 2016). Knowing this, I now have a better understanding of the fact that when people say they are visual learners it’s probably because the occipital processes their visual information and breaks it down to a manner that’s understandable to them.

Schunk, D. H. (2016). Learning theories: An educational perspective (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education

3. The cerebral cortex is very useful to understanding its relationship to learning. Different parts of the brain assist in the benefit of learning and expression of what is learned. Ty he main focus that I find interesting between the relationship of the brain and learning is the dynamics of how information is recalled. Recalling information is often the issue when expressing information that was learned. There are many parts of the brain functioning in memory and the processes of recalling information. Of those parts, I find the hippocampus most interesting. Other than the name itself, the hippocampus plays a very important role in memory.

4. The hippocampus is part of the limbic system, and yes, it does play an important role in memory. Does anyone know how? Also, are there any diseases that might impact the hippocampus?

5. The cerebral cortex is the largest part of the brain and the last to fully form. It is broken down into 4 lobes: the occipital lobe is responsible for visual processing, the temporal is responsible for auditory and olfactory processing, along with some language processing, the parietal is responsible for somatosensory processing, and the frontal lobe is responsible for higher order thinking skills. Can anyone explain what some of these “higher order thinking skills” are that the frontal lobe is responsible for?

6. The frontal lobe which receives information is important with learning because it helps receive information. One of the important features is that this part of the brain is the help with language which helps with learning and concentration. The Cerebral Cortex is important because it is responsible for the cognitive part of our brains. Cognition is the mental processing of our brain which helps us learn. The components of the frontal part of the brain are important because they each play a part of learning with language, memory and visual learning.

7. Describe the transfer process as it relates to learning in a specific workplace of your choosing. Remember that transfer of learning involves learning something in one setting and transferring it into another.

8. Being in the military we are required to take several developmental courses for career progression. The expectation with attending these courses is that the information that you learn you transfer back to your command and implement within the organization. For example, one of my additional duties is a Master Resilience Trainer (MRT). The MRT course is located in Fort Jackson, SC where they teach us coping skills to overcome adverse situations. Teaching Soldiers these skills serves as preventive measure to deter Soldiers from becoming easily annoyed, depressed, anxious, and angry. One of my favorite skills within this program is “Hunt the Good Stuff”. This skill focuses on the good things in life instead of the negative. Currently, our command is requiring all MRTs to teach three skills per quarter.

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