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The language center known as Wernicke’s area is found here (in the brain’s left hemisphere in most people); it registers the meaning of words and simple sentences. C Parietal lobe Movement Motor skills Frontal lobe Analysis Planning Decisions Broca’s area (language) Wernicke’s area (language) Appraisal Au tob iog rap Body Location Symbols hy Objects Scenes Faces The frontal lobe’s associative cortex is divided into an upper and a side region, called the prefrontal cortices, as well as a region above the eye sockets called the orbitofrontal cortex.

Percy Tannenbaum of the University of California at Berkeley has written: “Among life’s more embarrassing moments have been countless occasions when I am engaged in conversation in a room while a TV set is on, and I cannot for the life of me stop from periodically glancing over to the screen. ” Scientists have been studying the effects of television for decades, generally focusing on whether watching violence on TV correlates with being violent in real life [see “The Effects of Observing Violence,” by Leonard Berkowitz; Scientific American, February 1964; and “Communication and Social Environment,” by George Gerbner; September 1972].

3>> But if mental activities equate with brain processes that follow predictable rules, then we cannot claim to have freedom of will. Our behavior would be determined by the rules governing our neurons. 4>> erate action. Everyone knows what this chain of events feels like. But no one knows the exact connection between simple neuron activity, our subjective response to it and the exercise of our free will. Are the neural activity and the sensation of “pleasant” ultimately one and the same, or does the conscious feeling arise as a secondary effect of the nerve activity?

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