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Overview of the Brain


2014-0100 Brain GearsI rarely write or talk about brain anatomy because most of the information about brain anatomy in the public domain is written at a level of detail that makes no sense to brain-injury survivors or their family members. However, I recently found a fantastic 3D model of the brain that describes, in easy to follow language, what each lobe of the brain does and what generally happens when that lobe is damaged.

If you are looking for a doctoral dissertation on brain anatomy, you will not find it at the following link. If you are looking for a quick, easy-to-understand reference, click here.

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Thanks to Brainline for writing about a very complicated subject in easy-to-understand words; the software designers, programmers, and graphic designers who made the Brainline site simple and informative; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.



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Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

2 Responses to “Overview of the Brain”

  • Sue says:

    Thanks for sharing this website. I wish I had known about it when I was teaching at Coastline. It provides excellent graphics and simple to understand explanations about the brain.

    • Scott says:

      The model provides just enough detail for survivors and caregivers. When I first started attending an acquired brain injury program, I had difficulty understanding that each lobe had “responsibilities” and that brain damage depended on the location and severity of the injury. Initially, I thought the brain was one big ball of goo that did something. It never occurred to me how much the brain did until surgeons tampered with mine. Thankfully, the teachers in my therapy program provided a level of information I could comprehend. Eventually, teachers gave me more detail because I was able to comprehend more. The model may not be perfect for a doctoral student, but it is a great place to start when you are trying to understand the effects of brain injury.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.