What part of brain controls hunger and thirst

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Hunger, Thirst, Sex, and Sleep: How the Brain Controls Our Passions by John K. Young

Sensations of hunger, thirst, sexual attraction, and love can dominate our thoughts to the exclusion of almost everything else, but until the last 10 years or so, the precise reasons why these passions arise have not been understood very well. We now know that these, and other drives like the urge to sleep, are controlled by a small portion of the brain called the hypothalamus. This book presents the latest information about how the brain controls our most basic drives. In a series of fascinating anecdotes, Young tells the tale of how scientists have discovered the role of the hypothalamus in our basic drives and in medical conditions in which these drives are drastically altered. Covering our need for food, water, sex, sleep, and other life essentials, he reveals the brain s part in how we provide for each, and how in some cases, those needs can swing wildly out of control resulting in problems such as obesity, diabetes, insomnia, or narcolepsy. He shows how regulating body temperature can affect the lifespan, how the aging process affects sexual behavior, how empathy and love develop in relationships with family members or with love interests, and how all these functions and more can go awry. Like other science writers before him, Young illuminates even the complex inner workings of the brain in a way that anyone can understand, so that readers are treated to a tour of a tiny part of the brain that is responsible for so many fundamental aspects of life.
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Brain Basics: Know Your Brain

Part of the cortex, the frontal lobe is a key area in the brain involved in memory, problem solving, language, judgment, impulse control, social behavior and motor function. It is also home to executive function the ability to control and regulate our actions. The temporal lobe works with the frontal lobe on functions of language and memory. It also processes hearing and music. The parietal lobe makes sense of our senses. Our sensory information is integrated, spatial judgments are made, and we are able to manipulate the outside world thanks to the processes that take place here.

Add to GoodReads. Hunger, Thirst, Sex, and Sleep. Sensations of hunger, thirst, sexual attraction, and love can dominate our thoughts to the exclusion of almost everything else, but until the last 10 years or so, the precise reasons why these passions arise have not been understood very well. We now know that these, and other drives like the urge to sleep, are controlled by a small portion of the brain called the hypothalamus. This book presents the latest information about how the brain controls our most basic drives.

Experiments on a neural circuit hidden within a mysterious part of the brain may have revealed new ways to control hunger, a new study finds.
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The Cerebral Cortex Creates Consciousness and Thinking

If you were someone who understood brain anatomy and were to look at the brain of an animal that you had never seen before, you would nevertheless be able to deduce the likely capacities of the animal. This is because the brains of all animals are very similar in overall form. In each animal the brain is layered, and the basic structures of the brain are similar see Figure 4. The innermost structures of the brain the parts nearest the spinal cord are the oldest part of the brain, and these areas carry out the same functions they did for our distant ancestors. Mammals, including humans, have developed further brain layers that provide more advanced functions for instance, better memory, more sophisticated social interactions, and the ability to experience emotions. Humans have a very large and highly developed outer layer known as the cerebral cortex see Figure 4.

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