In the past few years I’ve become interested in various aspects of brain functioning. I’m interested in how the different parts of the brain work together or fail to work together in our daily lives.
I wonder about things like why I can’t stay away from snacks between meals, or why I keep procrastinating on things that I know are important.
As I learn more about how the human brain works, I’ve started thinking about my own brain as being composed of a Monkey brain and a Lizard brain. They have different jobs, and they don’t always agree.
There is an article about this by Christopher Bergland, who writes a blog for Psychology Today called “The Athelete’s Way.” He and his father have both written books on neurology that are written for regular people, not just neurologists.
The functional divisions between the cerebellum and the cerebrum are really interesting. Bergland’s book goes into great detail, but he gives a gestalt picture using this list:
|Up Brain||Down Brain|
|Big brain||Little brain|
|Primate platform||Reptilian platform|
|Thinking (psychology)||Non-thinking (behavioral)|
|Declarative memory||Implicit muscle memory|
|Conscious memory||Unconscious memory|
|Autobiographical self||Core self|
|Tip of the iceberg||Under the surface iceberg|
|Knowing||Knowing without knowing|
|Sportsmanlike||Survival of the fittest|
|Top-down processing||Bottom-up processing|
His article is here: Psychology Today: The Athlete’s Way Blog