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Brain by Mind Map: Brain

1. Reticular Formation

1.1. Enables alertness while driving

1.2. Lets you continually move your eyes to check your mirrors

1.3. Help you recover from disturbances such as coughing or sneezing and get back on track (re-correct your car as to avoid swerving partially into the next lane)

2. Thalamus

2.1. Helps us distinguish more imortant parts of our surroundings from less important ones ex. "I just drove by a tree" vs. "There is a tree fallen partially into the road"

2.2. Quickly relays any sudden events to the brain (ex. A crash just in front of you)

2.3. Lets us determine what other cars are doing (ex. starting to turn into your lane)

3. Hypothalamus

3.1. Triggers adrenal response in life or death situations that lets us make split-second decisions

3.2. Helps keep us awake while driving

3.3. Helps you control your basic needs (ex. having to use the bathroom, scratch an itch, or eat/drink) while driving, so as not to get too distracted by them

4. Amygdala

4.1. Can help control road rage

4.2. Prevents us from doing things that are too dangerous, like suddenly changing lanes without warning when close to other cars on the highway

4.3. Snaps us into focus when we hear honks/are honked at (remember what honks mean and respond to them accordingly)

5. Hippocampus

5.1. Helps us remember to use our turn signals

5.2. Help us remember that a turn is coming up and we should change lanes

5.3. Let us remember basic rules of the road ex. which side to drive on in which countries

6. Corpus Callosum

6.1. Allows for quicker problem solving in potentially dangerous situations

6.2. Provides good coordination between left and right hands (on steering wheel) as well as right foot with left hand (if you are only driving with one hand for the moment)

6.3. Enable us to interpret the situations happening around us effectively and to analyze them for possible dangers or how they may affect you (situational awareness)

7. Broca's Area

7.1. Lets you talk to the police and explain yourself if you get pulled over

7.2. Can ask for directions if you are lost

7.3. If you absolutely must - it is better to talk on the phone while driving than text, and this allows you to do that

8. Wernicke's Area

8.1. Enables you to read and understand road signs

8.2. Let you read the names of shops/locations you are driving to

8.3. Enable you to understand your navigation if you aren't sure how to get to your destination

9. Cerebellum

9.1. Enables you to make small but crucial adjustments with steering

9.2. Helps you perform multiple tasks at once, like turning the steering wheel and pressing on the brakes ex. to park in a spot

9.3. Lets you apply proper pressure on the pedals so you don't accelerate or decelerate out of control

10. Medulla

10.1. Can quickly swerve out of the way of something

10.2. Can slam brakes very fast to avoid hitting something ex. child just ran into road

10.3. Enables quicker action in a high stress situation by raising heart rate and blood pressure

11. Pons

11.1. When you think of an action you want to perform, ex. turning your head, it allows you to act it out

11.2. Allows you to move your foot from one petal to the other

11.3. Lets you look side to side to check your surroundings

12. Frontal Lobe

12.1. Lets you turn the steering wheel when you want and by how much

12.2. Enables you to consciously do things while driving such as turn on the radio or take a sip of water without affecting your concentration by much

12.3. Lets you get in and out of the car (or jump out of the car in a dire situation)

13. Temporal Lobe

13.1. Let you hear if an accident has happened around you

13.2. Allow you to hear sirens so you know to pull over or get out of the way

13.3. Enables us to distinguish normal, everyday sounds (birds chirping) from potentially alarming sounds

14. Occipital Lobe

14.1. We can see if something is coming towards us on the road (a car from the side or a truck driving in the wrong direction or something skidding in front of you)

14.2. Allows us to see if we are going in the right direction based off of our surroundings

14.3. Can find our destination and pull in, while accurately judging where to park our cars without hitting anything

15. Parietal Lobe

15.1. Allow us to feel how much pressure we are applying to gas or brakes, and do the right amount, not too much or too little

15.2. If the car is breaking down and releasing fumes, you can smell them and be aware of the situation before it starts to affect the performance of the car

15.3. You can feel if the steering wheel is blazing hot after siting in the sun, as well as the seats, and turn on the ac and/or allow time for them to cool down before driving (especially with the hot steering wheel - you don't want to hurt your hands)

16. APA Citations

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16.4. Robertson, S. (2016, July 21). What does the Thalamus do? Retrieved January 31, 2017, from