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MindUp Brain lesson 1

How does your brain work?


on 28 March 2014

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Transcript of MindUp Brain lesson 1

Getting to Know
and Love

MindUP Team Brain!
Parts of the brain operate like a
team, each part with
a position and job to do
Into the Brain
Introducing three key part of your brain!
To react or to think it out...that is the question
Getting to Know and Love Your Brain
The way you use three key players in your brain determines how you will respond to everything that happens around you.
As you learn how to help your brain tell the difference between true emergencies and stressful situations, you'll get better at handling every situation and have more time to enjoy life!
(pree-FRUN-tuhl KOR-teks)
(aka PFC)
What are your favourite memories?
The most useful facts you know?
The hippocampus creates, stores, and processes all important facts and memories the PFC passes on to it - such as texting shortcuts, your class schedule, and the deep, warm smell of freshly baked buns or bread.
Prefrontal Cortex
The amygdala is programed to keep you safe at all costs (FFF).

It regulates and blocks information from going to your PFC, so when you need to, you can react in a flash.

The problem is, it cannot tell a stressful situation from a true emergency and it can cause you to react without thinking.

Mindful practice can help keep the amygdala in check so that you can think clearly.
Want to keep your
amygdala in check
when you get stressed out?
Deep, full breathing calms your amygdala
and helps you think and remember clearly.
The prefrontal cortex, or PFC, is your key for making thoughtful decisions, doing careful calculations, talking through a problem, and staying focused on what you are doing.

Here is the catch:
the PFC gets information only when the amygdala is CALM.
The PFC passes on to the hippocampus anything that is worth remembering.
Brain Power!
Team Brain
How to Remember?
Presentation material based on
The Hawn Foundation, The MindUP Curriculum, published by Scholastic Inc., 2011.
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