Why Neuroscience Matters In Coaching

A Short Lesson in Brain Anatomy

The brain is made up of lots of parts. This is an important point because it is the reason we can train or reprogram our brains to think differently, to learn, to remember, to replace habits, and to otherwise enlist our brains as a partner to getting what we want out of life.

Some of the primary brain parts include:

  • The Frontal Lobes - responsible for problem solving, emotional expression, cognition, memory management, and other higher order thinking functions. This is basically the headquarters, no pun intended, for our personality and communication processes. 
  • The Cerebrum - houses the cerebral cortex (which includes the neocortex), and other important bits. This is the uppermost region of the central nervous system. One hemisphere of the cerebrum dominates language and speech, while the other involves itself with interpreting spatial and visual input. The neocortex plays a part in sight, hearing, and language, as well.
  • The Temporal Lobes - primarily involved in memory processing. Related to that, the temporal lobes are responsible for connecting senses (taste, sight, sound, touch) with memories. They are the reason we remember the taste and smell of Nana's sugar cookies.
  • The Parietal Lobes - process those sensory inputs associated with movement, taste, touch, and temperature. 
  • The Occipital Lobes - are primarily responsible for processing visual input.
  • The Cerebellum - collects information from other parts of the brain, sensory systems, and spinal cord, to regulate and coordinate voluntary physical functions and muscular activity.

Each of these brain sections house various other structures, such as the amygdala in the temporal lobes, while other parts fit between lobes, such as the thalamus between the cerebral cortex and the midbrain. 

The amygdala is part of the limbic system and is the emotional center of the brain involved in learning, memory, and reflexive emotions, like fear and anxiety. Triggers to the amygdala can shut off access of the prefrontal cortex in the frontal lobes and activate the fight, flight, freeze, or appease survival mechanisms.

The thalamus and the hypothalamus sit together above the brain stem. The former relays sensory information while the latter is a tiny complex structure involved in maintaining homeostasis, hormone production, and is the link between the endocrine and nervous systems.

There is more, much more, but you get the idea that all of these parts communicate with each other. 


Why does brain anatomy, and neuroscience, matter?

Most of the functions of the brain that participate in how we think, feel, and behave, operate within our subconscious. Some say that we are consciously aware of only 5% of our brains activities. That 5% can influence the other 95% through conscious thought and choices we make about how we show up in our every day lives.

Through coaching you can learn how to use the way your brain functions to improve any aspect of your life, if it involves thinking, emotions, and/or behavior. Imagine an easier way to "break" a habit, a simpler way to prioritize tasks and solve problems, or a less painful way to improve difficult relationships. When coaching employs neuroscience, you increase your control over the outcomes you choose for yourself.

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