The brain are specialized to do specific kinds of processing
How do we know that certain areas of the brain are specialized to do specific kinds of processing? (There are multiple sources of evidence you could point to for this one.) Are there any practical implications that result from knowing what is localized where?
Ghostly appendages: What is phantom limb syndrome? What does it tell us about neural plasticiity? (First, someone explain what plasticity is.) On a more speculative note, how does the existence of phantom limb syndrome affect your own view of the relationship between mind and body?
We know that certain areas of the brain are specialized to do specific kinds of processing based on a variety of evidence, including:
- Neuroimaging studies: Neuroimaging studies, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and positron emission tomography (PET), can be used to measure brain activity while people are performing different tasks. These studies have shown that different areas of the brain are activated when people perform different tasks, such as seeing, hearing, speaking, moving, and thinking.