Review Article
Volume 14 Issue 2 - 2022
Brain to Mind - Cognitive and Emotional Journey within the Human Brain
CR Mukundan1* and C Kamarajan2
1Former Professor at NIMHANS, Bangalore and Professor Emeritus, at IBS, NFSU, Gandhinagar, Honorary Director, Brain Research Lab, Axxonet, Bangalore, India
2Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Brooklyn, NY, USA
*Corresponding Author: CR Mukundan, Former Professor at NIMHANS, Bangalore and Professor Emeritus, at IBS, NFSU, Gandhinagar, Honorary Director, Brain Research Lab, Axxonet, Bangalore, India.
Received: December 25, 2021; Published: January 11, 2022




Abstract

The two fundamental functions of the human brain are the processes related to the domains of emotions and cognition. Under certain conditions, the rational part of the brain can be completely overtaken by the emotion-controlling centers of the brain. The “fight and flight” phenomenon seen in intense emotional behavior, was described as “amygdala hijacking” by Daniel Goleman [1] and “neural hijack” by LeDox [2,3]. The co-activation of both systems is always required to be carried out by any activity in day-to-day life. Both systems develop in every individual through social conditioning in the early years of development and growth of a child. Despite the scope for their integrative development and applications, there are many individuals all over the world, who resort to aggressive emotional responses because of the fact that they are not cognitively trained for emotional control, which is subserved by the frontalsubcortical circuits of the brain. It is also true that many such individuals do not possess cognitive maturity to rationally process social discomforts generated by spiritual-religious, cultural, personal conflicts, which could be amicably resolved through mature cognitive processing, which could help to emotionally adjust with the differences in their world views and lifestyles. Throughout human history, people have resorted to violence and war mainly for the sake of establishing their material gains and/or belief systems. Self-acceptance of emotionally supported and socially conducive ideas can help one to believe and accept the fact that supernatural forces controlling the self and the world outside are mere ideas and beliefs generated by our own brain. The religious dogmas and belief systems are basically the ideas created in our brains by self-suggestions, for the sake of supporting and helping people in stressful and conflicting conditions. When this basic fact is personally understood and accepted by the individuals, even though it may not be scientifically easy to be tested and proven, it will bring peace and harmony to the individual and to the world at large.

Keywords: Brain; Mind; Cognition; Emotion; Self-Molding

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Citation: CR Mukundan and C Kamarajan. “Brain to Mind - Cognitive and Emotional Journey within the Human Brain”. EC Neurology 14.2 (2022): 01-08.

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