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Brain and movement

December 5, 2017

The Brain 🧠 and intentional movement. Every time you need to coordinate your Brain 🧠 comes to direct the wonderful orchestrated moment- first voluntary movement then different sections of the brain involved with coordination like the cerebellum or basal ganglia shoots back to motors cortex and Cortex goes back to the spinal cord and waits for the proprioceptive information from all our muscles and soft tissues- not that easy huh? Check the video I made for you #superbodysuperbrain

If you want to read more here you go one of my most read articles at my blog

The Cerebellum and Movement

I remember reading this fascinating study a while back and my jaw dropped: The article it is titled: “The Treasure at the Bottom of the Brain by Henrietta C. Leiner and Alan L. Leiner“. According to the Authors: “One of the most incredible parts of the human brain, it is named the cerebellum and science has been underestimating it for centuries. Located at the lower back of the brain. Formerly this structure was thought to have only a motor function, which it performed by helping other motor regions of the brain to do their work effectively. But during the past decade a broader view of its function has emerged as a result of new research, and now the cerebellum is regarded as a structure that can help not only motor but also nonmotor regions to do their work effectively. In fact, the cerebellum has been compared to a powerful computer, capable of making contributions both to the motor dexterity and to the mental dexterity of humans, both of which are required for the emergence of fluent human language” for more click here

The Cerebellum it is to be considered to be an absolute machine in the back of the brain. The Cerebellum is one of the most impressive parts of the human brain and it has been underestimated by scientists till now. In my book Super Body, Super Brain I explain how this part of the brain can be key to unlock on the most important human quests that is how the brain interacts with the body. Evidence is mounting showing how this structure it is absolute key for our health, aging even our intelligence!

Did you know that our brain has 100 billion neurons and 50% of them are packed in just 10% of the brain mass? Do you know where are they packed? In the bottom of the brain in a part of the brain called the cerebellum. If you are really good at math you will realize how 50% of your neurons are located in just 10% of your brain mass.

However neurons in the Cerebellum are really different from the neurons in the rest of the brain. My absolute mentor Dr John H. Martin Ph.D and Author of Neuroanatomy: Text and Atlas has explained me how this interesting motor circuits work and how the cerebellum plays a fundamental role.

Why are the neurons called Purkinje in the Cerebellum so different? Are they better or worse? According to Dr John H. Martin Ph.D who has studied the Development of the motor systems of the brain and spinal cord and currently he is a Professor at City College in New York “I think they are different in several ways. Let me tell you about two. First, they take in an enormous amount of information. Think of a big tree with lots of branches and leaves. This is like a Purkinje cell; the branches and leaves are receiving information from other parts of the nervous system. They have more “branches and leaves” than other nerve cells. Second, they are different in another way; they inhibit the firing of other neurons. Most neurons that receive so much information excite other neurons; Purkinje cells inhibit. We don’t know why this is the case ”

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