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One of the biggest breakthroughs in our continuing series on great minds of psychology is the birth of neuroscience. We talked about how it all began with Broca in the 1800s and how each part of the brain has different functions. In this episode, we explore:

  • How Paul Broca, Wernicke & Oliver Sacks contributed to the development of neuroscience
  • How Oliver Sacks inspired the movie “Awakenings” starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams
  • The structure of the brain and how each area affects our lives
  • Emotions, from evolutionary research with Darwin to modern neuroscience
  • Explore an emotional model that doesn’t necessarily judge emotions as good or bad but as a necessary part of our human experience that brings meaning

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Debra Maldonado  00:28 

Hello, everyone. Welcome to another episode of Soul Sessions. I’m here with Dr. Rob Maldonado. I’m Debra Maldonado. We are with CreativeMind, bringing you the best of psychology, neuroscience, Eastern spirituality and coaching.

Robert Maldonado  00:45

Today we’re talking about the neuroscience with an emphasis on the emotional brain.

Debra Maldonado  00:50

We’re continuing our series on the great minds of psychology, almost wrapping up the series with neuroscience. But before we begin today’s episode, I’d love for you to subscribe to our channel, if you’re watching us on YouTube, just click the button here in the corner. Or if you are listening to us on one of podcast services, Apple, Spotify, all those great services, don’t forget to subscribe, so you can hear every episode of this amazing series and more. Let’s talk about the brain today. We talked a lot about the different minds of psychology, the psyche, the mind, the unconscious, now we’re getting into the hardware and the software of the brain.

Robert Maldonado  01:36

I wanted to dedicate this podcast to all the people past and present who have had brain injuries, head traumas, and neurological disorders because this hits home. Every family know someone or has someone who has been touched by brain disorders, brain diseases. This is our contribution to their welfare, hopefully. We hope they feel better, get better. There’s always hope because of neuroplasticity. There’s a couple of really interesting people associated with this topic. One of them is from the very beginning, Paul Broca, he goes back to mid-1800s. Yeah. Paul Broca was in France, a physician interested in anthropology. At that time neuroscience didn’t exist, he wasn’t considered a neuroscientist. But he was a researcher and a clinician very interested in the human condition. He came up with this idea. We still use his name today because he named one of the primary language centers on the left side of the brain — most of us have it on the left side of the brain, some people on the right — this center is called Broca’s area. If you want to make a name for yourself and be remembered, name a discovery after you because that keeps you in the books. Paul Broca was the one that really started to see that when there was head injuries on the left side of the brain, especially in the frontal parts of the brain, people would lose language. People died probably, a horse would knock them over in the street, they’d fall off a carriage or something.

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