Baking a sweet potato

Baking a sweet potato

Baking a sweet potato

I love sweet potatoes. They are the ultimate comfort food. The only problem is, I can't eat them.Once we have taken all the information into the cerebellum and harnessed it for perfecting the motor plan in co-ordination with our basal ganglia, we must send it back up to our cerebral cortex in order to execute this movement. Without the cerebellum, our movements would be un-coordinated and poorly executed resulting in an inability to carry out basic movement patterns we make every day as simple as eating food.One day — “I don’t know exactly why,” he writes — he tried to put together eight cubes so that they could stick together but alsoA move around, exchanging places. He made the cubes out of wood, then drilled a hole in the corners of the cubes to link them together. The object quickly fell apart.



Due to recent circumstances, being unable to go outside and have a social life that I would normally have has forced my lifestyle at home to become a constant déjà vu. In order to pass time, I decided to look for some hobbies that I could focus on - this is where I was introduced to the Rubik’s Cube. The Rubik’s Cube is infamously known as a difficult puzzle requiring constant, gruelling practice to commit difficult algorithms to memory and complete combinations of fast, fine motor movements for an infinite amount of scenarios in order to solve the cube and gain respect from all those watching dumbfounded. Rubik’s Cube competitions are becoming extremely popular where competitors ‘speed solve’ cubes in pursuit of the lowest time to solve. Currently, the world record is held by Yusheng Du with a time of 3.47 seconds for a standard 3x3 cube [1]. This time poses the question - How can a human compute algorithms and operate so many manoeuvres in such a short time? The answer to this involves two major parts of the brain: The Cerebellum and The Basal Ganglia. Together, these regions of the brain are responsible for co-ordination, motor learning and execution of motor plans once receiving a mass of sensory information.

In summary, the co-operation of the basal ganglia and cerebellum together are not only necessary to execute the fine finger manoeuvres committed to memory in solving a Rubik’s Cube, but most movements we make on a daily basis. The circuitries of these complex structures are designed to allow movements to be as efficient and effective as possible to reach the body’s specific goal. Other concepts such as chunking movement patterns into one motor plan to execute a movement in a fluid manner allow the process of something as trivial as solving a Rubik’s Cube to be coherently accomplished. Combing my past-time enjoyment and an academic passion has proved to be an insightful method of understanding biological concepts in practice which you can also do as a strategy for learning. Regardless of your opinion about solving a Rubik’s Cube as a hobby, I hope that you are able to appreciate the difficulty taken to execute seemingly simple operations we demand from our brain. (Source: www.bwams.co.uk)




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