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PROMPT: If you were going to suffer a traumatic injury to part of your brain, but you could choose what part of the brain would be injured,
A) Which part of the brain would you LEAST mind having injured?
B) Which part would you MOST mind having injured?
Note: Identify a specific part listed in the learning objective #4, NOT the entire cortex or a hemisphere, and assume that it is completely destroyed in both hemispheres. That is, assume complete loss of the functionality of that part of the brain.
b.Brain stem(including the pons, medulla, and reticular formation)
e.Frontal lobes (including the association areas and the prefrontal cortex and motor cortex)
h.Occipital lobes (including the association areas and the visual cortex)
i.Parietal lobes (including the association areas and the somatosensory cortex)
k.Temporal lobes (including the association areas and the auditory cortex)
C) Describe how each loss would affect you.
D) Explain your reasons for both choices.
Something to consider: Many students choose the amygdala because they would like to be “fearless” or to never get angry. There are no wrong choices for this assignment (but there are wrong explanations about how the loss would affect you), but before you choose the amygdala, consider these things about it:
1) the amygdala functions at an unconscious level, so it can respond to an emergency threat before you are consciously aware of the threat. It’s what allows you to grab the handrail when you slip on the stairs before you consciously make a decision to grab onto the rail, or to hit the brake in your vehicle before you are consciously aware of what happened when something runs in front of you. Of course, it could also cause you to take a swing at someone in a flash of anger, and the legal system doesn’t seem to put much value on “my amygdala was in charge” as a defense.
2) Do fear and anger provide benefits in life? If so, what the impact would be if you lost those benefits? Can you make conscious decisions to reduce the impact of unwelcome fear or anger?
3) Although the amygdala is most associated with fear and anger, recent research also indicates it is involved in all strong emotions, including feelings of joy and passion. Itis also involved in strengthening memories of emotional events (good and bad).
If you want to choose the amygdala, that’s ok, but don’t base your choice only on the idea that it would remove fear and anger, or without considering the consequences beyond “no fear/anger!”
Minimum (i.e., required for credit) word count:200 words. I will accept a video recording of at least 2 minutes for this, if you prefer.