The brain and the body

If it is true that we have long compared the brain to a computer, Alan Jasanoff, professor of biological engineering at MIT, explains why we must go further in this description which is, at least, incomplete.

By the way, Jasanoff’s book explores two opposite ways of looking at the brain: the one in which our bodies and the environment in which we live affect our thinking and what we do, and the idea that the brain is an entity isolated and all-powerful.

A recent study states that our emotions, just like our brains, are essential to mediate the way we perceive and interact with the world.

Participants were asked to indicate on a photograph of their own body where they felt sensations according to the emotion that was emerging. About 15 emotions were identified. Different body cards were found for each of them.

Whether we had the experience with the Finns or the Japanese, the results were similar. This makes us think: how different are we? How similar are we?

Another fascinating perspective of Jasanoff is that what lies outside our body influences the mind. Every second, the environment floods the brain with the equivalent of 10 megabytes of information. Much of this process is unconscious. In this sense, the role of temperature has been studied. A study by Hsiang at Princeton University reveals that a slight difference in temperature can have a terrible influence on violence and aggression.

To know that these external influences necessarily have an impact on our behavior, would it not make sense to optimize the ability to manage this information by improving the strategy to stand up, in order to reduce the systemic stress?

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