Information Processing System of the Brain
“Foundational Processing System”
The “Foundational Processing System” contains fifteen primary processing systems, most of which have several subsystems. The construction of the Foundational Processing System starts at inception and continues until death. There are over two hundred anatomically distinct processing systems within the brain. I have selected the information processing systems that I believe form the basic foundation for attention and concentration, reading comprehension, knowledge acquisition, thinking and everyday life performance.
The “Foundational Brain System” enables an individual to:
- Gather and filter sensory information from the environment efficiently.
- Navigate the environment with ease.
- Add meaning to sensory information that has been gathered.
- Focus and concentrate on the task at hand.
- Supply the thinking systems of the brain with information in a format that enables an individual to think more efficiently and effectively.
The brain is continually re-organizing, by constructing new neural networks and connections and pruning off networks that are not being used. This process is called neuroplasticity and is one of the most important discoveries of the twentieth century.
The quality of the foundation’s construction is determined by the interplay of genetics (nature) and environmental interactions (nurture). During the early years, especially the first six years of life, the brain is quadrupling in size and can make as many as seven hundred brain connections per second. This is a window of developmental opportunity that will have a major impact on a child’s future abilities.
Parents, you do not have control over genetic factors, but you do have control over the type of environmental interactions your children experience. The more 3-dimensional quality interactions with the environment, especially physical activities and interactions with others, the better the foundation will construct. The stronger the foundation, the better your child will perform in all areas of life now and into the future.
To learn more about the “Foundational Processing System” please see this article.