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The human brain is probably the most complex entity that is in existence or Nature. Memory, behavior, and the way the brain cells communicate are things that are sometimes difficult to contemplate, yet these processes take place every day.
Memory, retention, and recall are interconnected and often, influenced by the perspective of the person and associations they create for themselves. It is very relative and sometimes, false memories are created, either voluntarily or not. As emotions are always a part of human cognition, a certain predisposition and repetition of concepts lead a person to believe that something that was not present originally, was indeed there. As this area was little studied and several experiments have yielded data that cannot be heavily relied on, it stays the subject of research. The assumption is that in a specific situation the way the information is stored in the long term memory and the way it is later recalled is influenced by the person’s emotional state and their personal views, opinions, and perspectives. Stress, both positive and negative, has a great effect on the precision of recollection of events and the creation of false memories.
Traumatic experiences are remembered very vividly and emotions add certain details that might not have been present in reality. This is a valid point because a recollection of an event has several cognitive stimuli, and a person feels an individual and emotional connection to what is taking place. In the case with a simple word remembering, people do not have exposure to the situation or the emotional meaning of the words. For example, the word “betrayal” could mean one thing to someone who knows about it hypothetically, in comparison to someone who has lived through it a long time ago, and it could be even more meaningful to a person who has experienced it recently. The brain very much works on associations, for better storage and recall of information. A connection between two events or concepts, uniting them according to their similarities or specific differences, creates a link that makes it easier for the brain to remember (Hogenboom, 2013).
Psychology has long tried to pinpoint the definitive and singular reasons for human behaviors and attitudes. There are very many common variables, but each individual is unique in the end. Mimicking others is one of the links in an enormous chain of individuality that makes up each person. It is very true that the proximity of individuals heightens the sensitive nature of interaction within the human world. It is clear that people are very much connected to the family, relatives, friends, and partners and so, they gain great knowledge and illustration of what these people want in their life. This gives a person a closer look and comparison in regards to their own personality and wants. A suggestion is made that there is a possibility of the person who is most admired becoming the “obstacle” for the observer. This suggests a negative nature of closeness and relation between people.
But, an important point is that humans are social beings, and cooperation, together with mutual dependence and help are inevitable. There are many examples of people being more successful through positive competition and unity of interests where one person does not let greed and egoism to overtake their existence. It becomes clear that people will always compare themselves to their environment and others, which will lead to new efforts and imagination of each individual and collective humanity. Another confirmation that mimicry and competition is an important and needed part of the world is that it is present throughout the animal kingdom, where cruelty and violence should not be necessarily labeled as greedy and selfish. It is interesting that lower animals and humans have been known to mimic each other in behaviors and instincts. This shows that the repetition of seen behaviors is one of the simplest forms of action evident in all of nature (Thomas, 2013).
One of the most interesting discoveries made was about the communication between brain cells, axons, through their synapses. It was thought that there is a physical connection between each axon that was needed for the transfer of information. In reality, there is a gap between the end of the axon, its tip, and the dendrites of the next axon. Chemicals are being released by one axon and they float to the receptors of the next axon. The chemicals that are produced, neurotransmitters, are a sort of boats that carry their own information. Those chemicals that were not absorbed by the receiving axon, return to the source, the sending axon and are recycled.
The amount of repetitions of the chemicals being sent determines the strength of the signal. If a person wants something in a minor way, the signal is sent once or twice, and the receiving axon does not respond in a major way. But, in case the signal is repeated constantly, the axon is bombarded with chemicals, thus causing a conscious response from a person. This is what determines the cognition of a person. It is still unclear how a person’s mind or brain can hold so much information. It has been supposed that a person has unlimited potential. An amazing fact is that such a small entity as a cell can hold so much information and have significant energy to send impulses that affect the whole body. All the systems and different parts of the brain are connected, and studies have shown that trauma to a certain area will be compensated by another part. There are also cases when the loss of a connection between the brain divisions has led to the loss of speech, cognition, memory, and senses (Axon, 2013).
Even though people understand more about the human brain and behavior, there is still a lot to learn, which leaves the human brain one of the most mysterious and little-studied entities.
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