How Does The Brain Connect The World Around Us To The World Inside Us?

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When we are hungry and smell delicious food, things start to happen in our bodies—our mouths water, our stomachs release digestive juices, hormones, and more… all before we even taste the food. How does this happen? Our brains can predict the future. Not through magic, but by learning from past experiences. Our brains are constantly making predictions about the world around us—that is what allows us to catch a ball, ride a bike, and estimate how fast a car is coming so we can safely cross the road. Our brains also make predictions about things inside our bodies. In this article, I will describe how the brain uses information from past experiences to predict what the body will need in the future. These predictions are closely related to the way we experience emotions and feelings, so understanding them may help us better understand and treat various mental health conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number867981
JournalFrontiers for young minds
StatePublished - 20 May 2022


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