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The Neurological Basis of super powers
TheNeurological Basis of super powers
TheNeurological Basis of super powers
TheFlash (Allen Bart)
Thesuperhero discussed in this article is Allen Bart, also called theFlash as a character. Allen Bert is a fictional character who isconsidered the fastest man on planet earth. He was born in a familyof superheroes, with the mother as Meloni Thawne and his father asDon Allen. His grandparents, parents, cousins and aunts havesuperpowers (Holmes,n.d.). The abilities possessed by The Flash are superhuman speed andstamina, molecular control, long-term photographic memory, ability tocontrol speed force, time travel and he can resist temporaldisruptions. Allen also had a clone called Inertia. Allen Bartobtained his super speed ability from his grandfather who was calledBarry Allen. He had a hyper-accelerated metabolism, which made himgrow at a faster rate (McKenzie,2007). This aspect of hyper-accelerated metabolism made him appeartwelve years of age when he was two years old. He acquired his speedthrough inheritance because he was born of two superpower bloodlines.His father was one of the tornado twins, and his mother had a descentof Eobard who was called the Reverse Flash and had his family treeconnected to that of Barry’s twin brother ("TheFlash," n.d.).
Whatdo neural circuits you think are engaged by the superpower?
Accordingto The superhero known as the Flash, speed is his ultimate power. Forhim to have such power, all neural circuits must be involved. Thecircuits should send much information through the quick process.Neural circuits are neurons that are organized into circuits theprocess different types of information (Spitzer,2002). The neural circuits are arranged differently, according to thefunction they are expected to perform. There are three types ofneural circuits namely diverging circuits, oscillating circuits andconverting circuits (Mercola,2012). Diverging circuits consist of the presynaptic neuron, whichfacilitates postsynaptic neurons, for example, a signal that issensory and feeds information to the brain for the purpose ofinterpretation and reaction. This circuit will be engaged for theflash to have such powers. Information should be transferred asquickly as possible for him to have a lightning speed.
Oscillatingcircuits give stimulation of a presynaptic neuron that result in manypostsynaptic impulses. This facilitates muscle movement for examplebreathing. The converging circuit has many presynaptic neurons thatstimulate a postsynaptic neuron (Mercola,2012). Motor neuron gets signals from different brain regions andthen determines a specific action. When it comes to locomotion, TheFlash makes use of his neural circuits. The motor circuitscontrolling movement are in the spinal cord, and they are calledCentral Pattern Generator (CPG). The CPG gives a system thatinvestigates how complex neurons generate selected motor activities.The flash behaviors changes will stimulate the motors circuit of thein the spinal cord to generate motor activities at supersonic speed.
Usingthe neuroplasticity principle, how can the superpower be explainedthrough brain function. Discuss and explore your hypothesizedunderlying neurophysiology using the scientific principles.
Theprinciple of brain plasticity can be explained in a simple concept,and through the principle, there are possibilities for superheroeslike the Flash to get such strong powers. According to the principle,an individual acquires some abilities or improve an ability thebrain changes chemically, functionally and chemically. For example,the Flash achieved an Omni energy after being struck by a lighteningwhich stimulated changes in his body. A person must understand anychange can cause the brain to advance progressively. The brainchanges through local wiring and manipulates its connection. Thereason why the brain changes in terms of functionality, chemicallyand physically is to account for the improvement and the acquisitionof the ability. A person cannot realize the changes. For example,when individuals improve their reading ability they create a systemin their brains that did not exist previously. There will be adifference between the readers and non-readers in the brain system. Aperson can explain that the brain evolves. When a person comparesthis with the power of the flash, they can explain the additionalsuper power he has other than speed. The Flash can time travel, havemolecular control and stamina. The changes can be explained byunderstanding the synaptic and non-synaptic that encompasses thebrain. After changes of behavior like what happens with the Flash,the brain changes the synapses and neural pathways. The environment,thinking, emotions and a change in behaviors cause changes in thebrain.
Dothese principles highlight truths and fallacies in the abilities ofyour chosen superhero?
Partof these principles highlights the truth and another part is afallacy. There is no doubt that the brain evolves when the behaviorsof an individual change. The superhero Flash body changed after beingstruck by a lightening. According to the principle of brainplasticity, it is expected that his brain activity to evolve. Thebrain will increase the speed of its activity so as it can send muchinformation at once to the whole body for him to have a lightningspeed. The body changes include accelerated metabolism, electricalgeneration, decelerated aging and other enhanced strength in the bodysystem. The part that is a fallacy is observed when the superherogets the powers. According to the principle of brain plasticity, thechanges are not that rapid. What happens to the flash is a fallacy.One day the Flash is just struck by a lightning and everythingchanges. This is so quick for the brain to adapt and the power oflightening is so strong for an individual to survive it.
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