The Brain Is the Organ of Personality
Your brain is who you are. If the brain creates who you are, what could be more important to you than your brain? Teenage brains are rapidly changing, due in part to surging hormones, and also because the "finishing touches" are being added to the sculpting of your circuits. Social environment and thoughts will affect that sculpting. Recent research, based on brain scans, indicates that the most profound changes occur in the front of the brain, the part that is crucial for advanced functions such as critical thinking, self-control, and judgment. Brain scans indicate that the frontal cortex does not mature until about age 25.
Your brain has a mind of its own
Brain affects mind. Mind affects brain.
Brain affects behavior and hormone release.
You can train your brain to have certain attitudes, beliefs, capabilities. You can abuse your brain by feeding it bad ideas, unhealthy ideas, or drugs that affect the mind. Unlike eating junk food, feeding junk ideas, information, and feelings to your brain can affect your brain and behavior permanently. Behavior has consequences that can last a lifetime. But also, the stimuli, experiences, and ideas that you feed your brain can change the hard wiring of your brain that you will always have to live with.
What you do tonight might affect your brain for the next 80 years.
Be kind to your brain. That is being kind to yourself.
Knowing How the Brain Works Can Help You Learn
A new movement in education is called "neuro-education" or "brain-based learning." That is, we can use our knowledge of certain ways that the brain works to make teaching, learning, and remembering more effective. This module explains some of those brain functions that relate to learning and remembering.