Essay about Mind-Body Connection

1213 Words Jun 19th, 2014 5 Pages
Mind-Body Connection and how it Affects Learning
James Webb
American Military University
Corey Tutor Mind-Body Connection and how it Affects Learning
The mind–body connection examines the relationship between mind and matter, and in particular the relationship between consciousness and the brain. Many throughout history have often wondered what causes the connection between the mental portion of the mind and the physical state of the body. A variety of different topics have been proposed. Most fall under either the dualist or monist theories. Many philosophers have debated their theories on the mind-body connection to include such philosophers as Descartes and Plato. More recent researchers have moved beyond the dualist
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Electro-chemically, the human brain is the most complex mass of organic tissue known.” To create new cells, the brain cells must make enough protein to stimulate growth. The protein are known as receptors. These receptors have been found throughout the body thus showing a connection between the mind and body. When the cells make enough protein it increases the connection between neurons. The more neurons you have connected, the more your learning abilities increase. There are two natural brain chemicals that affect neuron connections between brain cells. These are known as NGF (nerve growth factor) and BDNF (brain derived neuropic factor). Some different ways to increase the production of these chemicals is to challenge your brain by learning new skills, deep thinking or solving puzzles. This causes the brain to adapt to new environments. The more you make the brain adapt, the more growth factor the brain will produce. Thus, enabling the brain to learn more new things. Another theme that has arisen more recently is the connection of not only the mind and body, but also the connection between the emotional/spiritual aspect. New studies show that a relationship exists between three major components of the brain; mental stimulation, physical stimulation, and spiritual/ emotional stimulation. New brain imaging technology allows us to see how the brain functions. According to Caviness, L. (2003), “Looking at the

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