dean0283: October 2011 Archives

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/important-sleep-habits

This article, is all about sleep. it goes on to say how important good sleep habits are and what it can lead to if you aren't on a regular sleeping schedule. This article states how not getting enough sleep can lead to; decreased performance and alertness, stress, poor quality of life, injury, and even obesity. It also states that there are over 85 different kind of sleep disorders in the world today affecting over 70 million americans. It shows how sleep disorders are related to many other more serious conditions. Chronic snoring and sleep apnea can be associated with heart and brain disease. There are so many problems in sleep out there today and less than 10% of the population with these disorders have been diagnosed.
This article pertains to my life in may ways. I am now a full time college student so I need sleep. this article helps me realize how truly important sleep is. Getting enough sleep helps you physically and mentally, from staying alert in class, to performing well on activities and other jobs you may have. Getting enough sleep is also very important to stay healthy. It maintains a stronger immune system and helps with obesity in the long run. Getting enough sleep is also gives you a better chance of not getting any heart/brain related diseases. This article makes me wonder if I have any sleep related illnesses that should be looked at by a doctor because of all the statistics they mention.

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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/33281.php


sensation becomes perception when "a stimulus at the skin triggers an impulse that travels first to an area at the top of the brain called the primary somatosensory cortex. The information then moves to other parts of the brain, where it can contribute to memory, decision-making, and motor outputs."
In this research finding, it states that a monkeys perception of touch matches brain activity in the frontal lobe. They also found that the activity in the somatosensory cortex neurons, where the touch first arrives, is directly related to how strong the stimulus is. When the stimulus is more intense, the neurons fire more rapidly. However, the found that the neurons activity did not relate to the monkeys behavior. These findings conclude that a monkeys perception comes from the frontal lobe and not the sensory cortex.
This research is important so we can now understand how monkeys brain activity works even better. We know where certain perceptions are sent to through neurons, and how fast they might be firing. This helps confirm other information we have found about monkeys with replicability.

When reading this, I was wondering if this were the same for humans. That if it would make a difference where the activity in the brain would occur. I was also wondering if this had any correlation for humans or any other animal or being.

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