Friday, March 3, 2017

Mental Pathways

I was reading about a panda that was about to be brought back to China, and I knew what her Chinese name meant. This got me wondering about languages and mental pathways.

I've heard that the things that we take as granted, easy to do, are like pathways carved into your mind. Now, you can just hop onto your bike and take off, but do you remember how hard it was when you first tried to ride your bike? Wasn't it super hard? You had to focus on balance, pedaling and steering all at once, and now, you don't even need to think about it!

When you do a math problem, you automatically know what to do to add, subtract, multiply and divide without having to think hard about it. How do you remember that so easily?

Same goes for speaking. You don't need to think to remember the word you want to say; the language is just imprinted in your brain. It could be any language, too; English, Chinese, German, French, Spanish. I've also noticed that the older you get, the harder it is to learn new skills like speaking a new language.

How do our minds remember how to do things? My grandfather has brain cancer, and he can't move his right side. I'm wondering if that's because the cancer affects his memory or just paralyzes that side of the brain. Along those lines, how do diseases like Alzheimer's make your memory malfunction and forget? How does memory work?

1 comment:

  1. When I was starting to read this post, I immediately thought about your grandpa. I was pleasantly surprised to see that you did make a connection between mental pathways and your grandpa's current condition. I feel that human beings are blessed with many abilities we easily take for granted. When we dig deeper, we will appreciate life more and hopefully make the best of this life.