When the brain is not fully functioning due to stress, lack of sleep, head trauma or a birth defect, we find that the ‘thinking part of the brain’, the prefrontal cortex, (PFC) shuts down and is not able to reason, deduce, problem solve or make appropriate decisions in a timely manner. Instead the brain makes impulsive decisions, that have not been thought through or planned out with a rational ending as a goal. These individuals also become emotional rather than ‘intelligently passionate’ making decisions based on what they ‘feel’ rather than thinking through what is the most effective outcome. They lack social skills and do not empathize. They do not understand how their actions will effect someone else.
I came across this article written in the New York Times, that comedian, Andy Borowitz wrote a few days ago. I have to say it reminds me of the pre-teen brain that hasn’t mastered the use of the Prefrontal Cortex.
Republicans Shut Down Prefrontal Cortex
By Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker
09 October 13
The article below is satire. Andy Borowitz is an American comedian and New York Times-bestselling author who satirizes the news for his column, “The Borowitz Report.”
n an escalation of the stalemate gripping Washington, House Republicans voted today to shut down the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that controls reasoning and impulses.
The resolution, which passed with heavy Tea Party support, calls for a partial shutdown of the brain, leaving the medulla and cerebellum, sometimes referred to as the “reptilian brain,” up and running.
The Tea Party caucus cheered the passage of the bill, which was sponsored by Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who called the measure “long overdue.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) offered no timetable for restarting the prefrontal cortex, telling reporters, “It will most certainly remain shut down during any negotiations with the President. That’s the only leverage we have.”
Representative Bachmann agreed: “The President can go ahead and put a gun to our heads. There’s nothing there.”
While the G.O.P.’s decision to shut down the prefrontal cortex rattled Wall Street, the neuroscientist Davis Logsdon said it should be seen as little more than a symbolic vote, noting, “It’s actually been shut down since the 2008 election.”
In case you know someone that needs a little PFC help…I do have some pretty significant exercises to retrain the brain.
Just Another Little Thought by Dr. Lise’