A Few Brain Stories plus one

About a month ago I posted an off target entry called A Few Brain Stories. I would like to add one more to that list.

The Itch by Atul Gawande in The New Yorker
Summary – Nerves that cause itching are different than those that feel for pain. The brain gets the signal in and reacts to it. Itching is one of the few actions that the mind can trigger just be thinking about it. And therein lies the story. The brain uses the memory component to interpret the data that comes in through the sensory system (seeing, hearing, touch, smell, and taste). The information that goes to the brain isn’t useful on it’s own. As the story goes on to tell, when the brain can’t get proper closure, the remnant memories continue to portray a feeling that isn’t actually a reaction to any external stimulus, such as something causing an itch.

Scratch your curiosity itch.

About benleeson
My name is Ben Leeson. I currently work for a large financial company in IT. I went to school at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrating in HR. Professor William Brown taught me and I enjoyed his classes; even acquiring an appreciation for just about all things HR. I didn’t pursue a job in that field after college but I’ve kept up with it. This blog will further my fascination with all things HR. I hope to grow my knowledge of the area through thoughtful writings and spirited feedback. I will attempt to have a fairly routine style so anyone reading can come to expect certain segments. Please excuse my incorrect grammar and occasional misspelling.

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