Brain circuitry and their types

David Rock in his book “Your Brain At Work” introduces us to the circuitry in our brains.

Whenever we are faced with a situation it is human nature to activate our mental maps and try to find similar situations we have faced in the past.This is where our default circuitry inclusive of basal ganglia(habits) & hippocampus(long term memory).

But when we are starting from scratch , this default circuitry is seldom of any use.This is where “direct experience” circuit that learns by doing actions on the fly is needed.This circuit requires lot of space to do problem solving.Medial prefrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex dominate.

Use of the relevant circuit needs to be chosen judiciously depending on a case to case basis.



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