The human nervous system cannot function without the brain. Unfortunately though most people are not really aware of how to keep a fit and healthy brain, Dr. Curtis Cripe and other veteran doctors of neuroengineering know all about the brain and maintenance of its health.
Dr. Cripe hails from Arizona and is the master of a varied number of disciplines, of which neurodevelopment is one. He presently leads the NTL Group, in Scottsdale and has even worked at NASA as a systems engineer. Among the recent programs developed by the NTL group one, Dr. Cripe is largely responsible for the continuous development of the Brain Recovery TM, a rehabilitation technique.
A human brain is known to be the largest brain among all species of vertebrates and weighs approximately 3.3 lbs or 1.5 kg. There however, is a difference in the capacity of between the brains of the male and the female. While the male brain has a volume 1274 cubic centimeters, the female brain has an average 1131 cubic centimeter volume. The human brain occupies a mere 2 percent of the entire body weight of an individual.
There are three main parts of a brain – the cerebrum, the cerebellum and the brain stem. Of the three, the cerebrum occupies the maximum space taking up about 83 percent of the entire weight of the brain. It is known have the gray matter and the white matter; the former is a collection of the neurons, which number up to 86 billion nerve cells, while the latter is the assortment of the axons and the dendrites, which are the nerve fibers.
The cerebral cortex is the outermost layer of the cerebrum and is divided into four segments or lobes namely: frontal, parietal, temporal and occipital. The cerebrum is largely responsible for carrying out the major processing works, it even helps one to read, speak and deal with the daily emotions. The interesting trivia about the brain is the either sides of the cerebrum control the opposites of the body; i.e. the left brain controls the right parts and vice versa.
The balance of the body is maintained by the presence of the cerebellum, which is located at the back of the brain. Thus, the co-ordinate movements while walking, or any other action is stimulated with the help of this cerebellum. The temperature of the body, the pressure of the blood, and the hunger or thirst of a person is controlled by the brain stem, present at the junction of the neck and the spinal cord.
The human brain may not be a very large organ in the body, but the kind of contribution it makes to the proper working of the human body is unimaginable. The physiology of the brain is one of the most complex, as Dr. Curtis Cripe will agree and therefore the more reason to take good care of it, which he suggests with the help of neuroengineering and brain recovery methods.