"Imagine that the frontal lobe is like the Manager of your thoughts, actions, reactions, and ability to stay on task and complete something. This Manager makes sure you finish what you start, helps determine what you will pay attention to, and what you will not notice. The Manager filters out unnecessary information, such as the noise across the street, and keeps you aware of time passing so you don't miss important events. This manager also helps you to plan, prioritize, be organized, strategize, think before acting (impulsivity), and be able to control your movement."
"The point is to try to get people to think before they act. This is much harder than you would think for teenagers. Teenagers' brain connections to the frontal lobe is not as fully developed as it is in adults. The frontal lobe is what helps us to make rationale decisions, to weigh the pros and cons and be calculated before we act. This connection is not as hardwired for teens which is why sometimes when they say they don't know why they did something it is actually true. Let me give you a couple of examples of the difference in connection speeds between teens and adults. Teens' brain connections to the frontal lobe is like dial-up and adults' is like 4G"
"The doctor explained that the frontal lobe is like the brain's control tower. Axel could fly just fine but the control tower was only operating at half its capacity; thus the flow of traffic was not all that well organized with just a few too many glitches."
"The frontal lobe is like the mother hen. It keeps the other hens in check. But once it's gone, thoughts from your subconscious come to the surface. Chaos ensues."
"Our frontal lobe is like Captain Kirk on the bridge of the Enterprise (I'm going to visualize Chris Pine as Kirk. You can opt for William Shatner if you like. I'm choosing Chris mostly to have mercy on the folks who've been following my blog long enough to know that I always sneak in a celebrity crush and I think it's safe to say pretty much everyone is tired of hearing about Russell Brand by now - sorry Russell.) Captain Kirk can't pilot the Enterprise alone (and for all you Trekkies out there, I'm sure you can come up with some Star Trek trivia to counter me on that, but for the sake of my example, hang with me). "
"The frontal lobe is like Canada; it's huge and nobody knows what it does."
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