3 Important Parts Of The Brain & Be A Safer Driver Part 2sarapugh
Hello and welcome back !
Last blog I told you about some different kind of eye movements which are important for driving, being good at sport or just general well being, also how you can improve your brain and vision with the correct exercises.
Previously, I talked about pursuits or eye-tracking movements which is when the eyes to follow a moving target. This is key for driving as well as sport, particularly those involving a ball, like tennis. I also talked about peripheral vision which is ‘how well can I see what I’m not looking at’, I will come back to this in another blog post. Finally, I mentioned fast eye movements from target to target, there are called saccades.
I said fast eyes = fast brain. So this means if you train your self to get better at saccades (moving your eyes fast side to side) it will (in a nutshell) make an important part of your brain called the frontal lobe work faster.
The part of brain which in part controls saccades (fast eye movements), the frontal lobe also controls movement, so your movement will get better too. The frontal lobe does lots of things, its the king !
The frontal lobe is the logical, conscious part of you, your personality! It is involved creativity, planning and complex thought. All the amazing things we have like iPads, Google, aeroplanes, CGI movies etc somebody’s frontal lobe thought of and created those.
Self-control AKA will power is a pre-frontal lobe activity and you might have a weak frontal lobe and that is why you can resist everything but temptation. The frontal lobe also controls movements of joints, so some people move badly because they have a ‘frontal lobe problem’, not a body problem.
Doing vision exercises that involve fast eye movements in lots of directions is an easy way to strengthen your frontal lobe. There are lots of other frontal lobe and prefrontal lobe exercises that you can do and they are very easy. A stroop test is an example
The other part of the brain which is important in all this is the parietal lobe which has many task but for today we will say that sensation is processed in the parietal lobe. So if you step on a pin, put ice down your shirt, pick up a warm mug or stroke a cat, your parietal lobe is key in how you process these sensations and know what they are.
Sensory before motor, if you can’t sense or feel it you can’t move it.
This means if your parietal lobe is not working properly you can’t sense where you are in space so you have ‘bad body awareness’. These people tend to bump into things a lot, trip over and are generally quite clumsy.
This is very important for pro athletes or grandma athletes as not many sports coaches, physios or trainers know about the parietal lobe and how it is key in improving movement. This is a gem if you want to be ‘in the know’ on something that can improve your game. It is very easy to train the parietal lobe and you can use something as simple as a towel and I use a towel a lot in my Pilates classes to help people improve their parietal lobes and body awarenss.
The parietal lobe is involved in eye tracking movements and attaching meaning to incoming objects, which of course we all know is key in sport and daily life.
If your parietal lobe is very slow at working out ‘What is this shape coming at me?’ it will affect your driving and you won’t be performing at your maximum so its a good idea to have a fast parietal lobe.
The parietal lobe is also involved in turning shapes around in your mind, this is important for reading, some people with dyslexia see letters upside down. Some types of dyslexia are to do with your eyes not being able to work properly as a team and there are vision exercises for that. So if you know anyone with dyslexia then send them over!
The parietal lobe also deals with joint proprioception, which means knowing where bits of your body are in space, so you can move around well. Children and adults who have body awareness issues need to work on their parietal lobes, you might have issues or you might have a friend that is uncoordinated or crashes into furniture often.
My favorite part of the brain is the cerebellum, its the little brain behind the brain and its like the 2nd in command. It does the ABC of neurology. Accuracy, balance and coordination of movements as well as other processes in the body from vision to emotions. It is also involved in cognition, vision, balance and learning new skills. To be an excellent mover and driver you need a good cerebellum. The cerebellum is easily damaged by chemicals and toxins, and is very sensitive to chemo therapy
To summarise, the frontal lobe is the king, the parietal lobe is all about knowing where you are in the world and feeling what is around you. The cerebellum manages the input and output to make sure the movement is accurate, balanced and coordinated.
These three parts of the brain are key to moving well and of course driving well. People with frontal lobe and/or cerebellum issues often have emotional outbursts which of course are part of road rage. Emotional outbursts affect relationships, are distressing and impact success in the workplace.
If you prefer to listen and learn about the brain, then check out my show on Stray FM which is local radio station in the UK