Hello there, humans!
So as I was sitting here wasting my time and daydreaming, I figured that I should at least do one thing productive, so I decided to type in ‘human behavior explained‘ into my google search bar (don’t judge, I’m just curious!)-
So, to prove myself ‘productive’, I started reading the ‘neurobiology of human social behavior-an important but neglected topic’ by Simon N. Young. click here for article
It was pretty awesome- and right up my ally!
I usually don’t think about how the brain works while I analyze people, but it is fascinating how complex the brain is and how it shapes us socially.
This is what had initially caught my eye:
“…The past few decades have produced important advances in our understanding of how the brain regulates emotion and cognition…”
I then looked up the word ‘cognition’ and found: cognition –noun –
the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.• a result of this; a perception, sensation, notion, or intuition.
So, they’ve made advances in our understanding of how the brain regulates feeling and acquiring knowledge (quite useful things to know, in my opinion!)
“…Humans are inherently social. We are not special in this way; it is hard to think of any animal for whom the regulation of social behaviour is not important. Something akin to social behaviour may even occur in organisms lacking a nervous system. …”
Of course, us humans are very social. Even primitive beings must communicate to survive in the wild- and we are not that different really.
“…This can be the case even in species, such as ants, with a primitive brain. Although we may share some of the broader aspects of our social behaviour with more primitive species, human social behaviour is obviously more complex but no less important for our health and survival…”
I had just never really pictured every complex feeling that I had to be made in my nervous system or my brain- though it really does make sense- isn’t that what a brain and nervous system is for?
But to think- every time you learn something, every time that you have a strong emotion of jealousness, or happiness, or even deep sadness– its just your brain communicating…
That’s not really hard to grasp, but I had always considered emotions disconnected from the body (I know that that is not true)- I had considered the body just a working machine.
And it is! Every emotion is chemical or physical or whatever- its weird to think about- to have a realization about the brain….
How did the brain’s actions affect us emotionally or socially? I found myself thinking as I read…
“…Given the importance of social interactions for humans, it is not surprising that most psychiatric disorders involve some disruption of normal social behaviour, and that in several disorders abnormal social functioning is one of the central symptoms. Examples are autism, social anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder and schizotypal personality disorder…”
It is very strange to think that a bunch of organs and neurons and bones and arteries and whatever is what makes us- us!
So complex, the brain, the most complex organ in the body, like a puzzle to unravel for these researchers and scientists…
How strange it must of been to learn about the brain as early scientists years and years ago- discovering how neurons interact with each other, or how the nervous system works- a huge break through!
“…Human social neuroscience is receiving increasing attention, but much of the current work concerns social cognition…”
“…studies on the activation of different brain areas in response to faces with different expressions are interesting and important, but they are not central to the regulation of actual social behaviour…”
Interesting… really makes you think, doesn’t it?
Social cognition- as in, acquiring knowledge of social behavior… and to study how the brain regulates (to control) cognition (acquiring knowledge) is a tremendous thing!
I think that this should receive more attention!
I then read more about what Mr. Simon Young was talking about- how they are researching and experimenting, and this came up-
“..The most extensive knowledge on the neurobiology of human social behaviour concerns one particular aspect of social behaviour: aggression…”
“…Research on aggression has led to the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for the treatment of impulsive aggression…”
“…an illustration of how social neuroscience can lead to treatments for disordered social behaviour….”
“…However, aggression, although an important societal problem, does not feature prominently in many disorders even though it is required for the diagnosis of intermittent explosive disorder. …”
Knowing more about the brain and how it connects to human behavior can lead to treatment! Well, that is sort of obvious to say that, but now I am sure that this should receive more attention and not be such a ‘neglected’ topic, so we can find more important discoveries…
I have found this article quite informative and from a reliable site…
So, even if you think ‘oh, this could be boring,’ its actually quite explanatory on explaining humans socially!
More attention to human behavior could lead to something amazing…
Gives you something to think about, aye?