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Brain Analogy to an Orchestra

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Evonne Le

on 22 February 2013

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Brain Analogy The brain as an orchestra The brain is always functioning/working while an orchestra will pause, take breaks, and has a start and a finish. The brain is produced of hundreds of neurons to produce a single mind. We can compare this to musicians as the neurons, and the symphony or the song as the single mind that has been produced.

Each part of the brain must do their job and stay coordinated with the rest, just like an orchestra.

The brain consists of "players"/"neurons" organized into "sections"/"lobes" working to create a "harmony"/"thought"

Each neuron can simultaneously be part of several assemblies, each operating at different frequencies. This is like a person playing one drum in time with one group of drummers & another in time with a different and faster group of drummers.

An orchestra is set up with 2 sides, like the brains left and right hemisphere. One side supports the other.

The brains electrical fields consist of the pattern of variations in frequency, time, & space. This is just like members of a symphony orchestra or chorus working together in shifting patterns to produce a pattern of variations in frequency, time, & space of sound vibrations. Cerebellum to the Brass Section The cerebellum contains more then half of the neurons that are responsible for motor controls, sensory perception and coordination. It controls ones mobility, balance, and posture. That's what the brass section helps to do in an orchestra. The brass section helps balance the composition adding weight and volume to ensure balance. with its deeper and weaker sound it compliments the other instruments providing fluidity and mobility for the other sections. Cerebral Cortex to the Woodwinds The cerebral cortex is responsible for most "higher order" or intellectual brain functions such as thinking, reasoning, judging, voluntary movement, and over all behavior. Ultimately, it affects the outcome of our personality. The woodwinds in an orchestra carry the tune, or give meaning and color to the overall sound. In other words, personality, both are bounded to control the fallout of their structure. When the woodwinds change their tempo and sound it changes the mood of the audience. When the cerebral cortex recognizes the situations, their mood changes to adjust to the scenery. Comparison of 4 areas of the brain to an orchestra Differences Similarities Visuals Hypothalamus to the String Section: The hypothalamus helps control rage, pleasure, emotions, hunger, and thirst while the string section helps control the mood of the song whether its telling us to be happy or distraught. The string section in most cases controls the musical melody, like the hypothalamus helps familiarize emotion. In which cases, while the string section tells you the melody, the cerebrum recognizes the motive. Reticular Activating System to the Percussion
The RAS regulates how alert or how sleepy we are making it quite sensitive to steady sounds. A change in the rhythm in the surroundings or emotional thoughts can stir up the reticular activating system. Like the percussion system, the tempo and beat will affect the orchestra. A relenting and slow rhythm will make a more emotional and more dreamy arrangement while quick and steady beats will keep us spirited and alert.
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