Chemical control of the brain and behavior

This week’s lecture was about chemical control of the brain and behavior. We were introduced to this topic by the book recommended by the teacher before the lecture. It was a great help for us to better understand the lecture and to be more encouraged to learn more and more.

I really enjoy these courses since I am able to learn a lot of new interesting things and, with the help of a lot of real life examples, it is easier to understand the functions of the brain.

It was really mesmerizing to understand what can affect our normal life, since everything depends on the secretory hypothalamus, autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the diffuse modulatory systems of the brain.

Adding to that, it was also really enjoyable to learn more about the effect of stimulants and hallucinogens on diffuse modulation, like LCD and cocaine. It was really interesting to understand that LSD is really similar to serotonin and can inhibit the firing of these neurons.

This week we also had a virtual excursion in BABA Center (Baby Brain Activity Center) and it was yet another opportunity to keep expanding my knowledge. They showed us the different areas where they can help discover a disability during the first 6 months of the baby’s life. This will mean that they can start the rehabilitation earlier and have less damage.

Next week’s lecture will be about the auditory system and I am very curious to learn more since it not only gives us information about the sounds produced around us but also presents a crucial role in our balance.