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They saw how the nerves coming from the left hemisphere 39 40 A Day in the Life of the Brain cross to the right side of the body in the brain stem before reaching the appropriate muscles. Eating Lunch and Having a Good Time Mark heard the bell ring, announcing lunchtime. He joined his classmates in a line and walked toward the cafeteria. Mark’s stomach gurgled and his mouth watered. He could smell the other students’ lunches and realized how hungry he was. 2). These brain areas tell Mark that it is Chocolate and Your Brain Mark looked at his lunch spread before him and reached for the chocolate bar.

Mark looked forward to exercising in physical education (PE) class. ” Today, this statement still holds true. Of all the types of physical exercise, aerobic exercise is the best for your brain. Aerobic exercise, such as running or riding a bike, increases the heart rate for a sustained period of time. This intense activity affects the brain in a positive way. In one study, students who performed intense aerobic exercise three times a week for six weeks improved their grades when compared to students who also performed physical activities but did not increase their heart rate significantly for a sustained period.

There was a funny feeling in Mark’s stomach. ” Mark’s palms began to sweat and his mouth felt dry. He was not the only one. Some of his classmates looked worried, too, and probably felt the same way at the thought of appearing on stage and performing in front of a crowd. Being a little afraid is a normal reaction before performing on stage, before a test, or before competing in a sporting event. Stage fright is the number one fear for most people. They fear it more than death! Mark’s reaction to his upcoming performance is called the “fight or flight” response.

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