Reflex versus memory Essay

            The complex neural computations results to behavior in human beings as they connect with the brain, the senses and musculature. The reflex behavior that is portrayed when one touches a hot stove with a finger is so fast that one registers consciously that he has burned after withdrawing the hand immediately. This example shows that survival is based on a quick realization of danger and to avoid it, a person is required to take immediate action. This is just a single illustration of the urgent and primitive situations that people encounter for survival. The critical thing is the speed at which the action takes place before the event is registered in the brain. Though training the memory is important for cognitive development, training the interactions of the parts of the brain is more important as appropriate motor body actions drastically increase the ability of the brain to work (Pensak & Hughes, 2007).

            When a person experience external physical disturbance such as pulling and pushing, the proprioceptors send signals which makes the human brain to form reflexes important for survival and adaption. The reflexes form a segment of human brain evolution as fast reaction against disturbances from the external environment means more opportunities of surviving in the hostile conditions. The unique reflex action exercises are able to form thousands of action potentials in a short while hence training our brain and increasing the communications in memory and other parts of the brain. Primitive Reflexes are important for automatic movements and repetition that are vital for development of muscle tone, head control, development and sensory integration. Basically, they create the basis for a person’s postural, lifelong reflexes. If primitive reflexes remain inactive many difficulties such as extreme shyness and learning challenges results (Rider & Sigelman, 2008).


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