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Which Part of the Brain Deals With Thinking?

by Mindvalley December 12, 2018

With more than 86 billion functional neurons, the brain is the most complex organ in the human body that deals with thinking. It controls everything that your body does and thinks.

It develops the main functions of the five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, and hearing. And also helps primary functions such as breathing, talking, storing memories and thinking.

In other words, the brain is the ‘boss of your body.’

Many people wonder, which part of the brain deals with thinking?

We need to understand how our minds work so we can work our minds better.

— Jim Kwik, Author of Mindvalley’s Superbrain Program

Let’s find out the answer to this question!

Which Part of the Brain Deals With Thinking?

The brain consists of three main parts. The outer part of the brain is called cerebrum. The outer part located in the back of your head is the cerebellum. The third part of the brain located beneath the cerebrum and in front of the cerebellum is the brain stem.

These three parts control processes in the body, including movement, memory, and thinking.

The cerebrum makes up more than 85% of the brain’s weight. It’s the part of the brain that controls daily activities such as reading, learning, and speech. It also assists planned muscle movements such as walking, running and body movement.

The cerebrum is the main part of the brain that develops thinking. It helps you play chess, solve a crossword puzzle, or figure out your next move in a complex video game.

The cerebrum has two hemispheres – the left hemisphere and right hemisphere. Each hemisphere controls the opposite side of the body.

The two hemispheres have four sections, called lobes – frontal, parietal, occipital, and temporal. Each of these lobes controls specific aspects of the thinking process.

Which part of the brain is responsible for thinking and memory?

The majority of thinking-related processes happen in the frontal lobe. These include decision-making, problem-solving, and planning.

The frontal lobe also helps the development of cognition, language processing, and intelligence.


The temporal lobe controls other processes related to language understanding, perception, and recognition. It is also in charge of learning and memory.

Which part of the brain deals with thinking: the cerebellum

Although it isn’t directly involved in thinking, the cerebellum plays an important role in this process. This part of the brain takes up to 10% of its total volume, yet contains more than half of all the neurons in the brain.

Known as “unconscious”, the cerebellum is in charge of balance and coordination.

Scientists have discovered that the “unconscious” cerebellum interacts with the “conscious” cerebrum to perform functions. The cerebellum carries out planned muscle movements such as running and jumping. That’s why sometimes scientists call it the “thinking cerebellum.”

thinking cerebellum

Which Part of the Brain Deals with Emotions?

Now, you know what parts of the brain deal with thinking and memory. Let’s have a quick look at the part that is responsible for emotions.

All positive and negative emotions, and spontaneous feelings think excitement and sadness, are being processed in the limbic system.

The limbic system control your emotions and interacts with other parts of the brain.

In the same time, another part of the brain called amygdala handles emotional reactions such as love, hate, and sexual desire.

With centuries of research, the human brain remains the biggest mystery in the world. It is the most complex part of the body that controls movement, sight, and thinking.

Boost Your Brainpower With These 10 Hacks

Now you’re more aware of how the brain works in relation to thinking…how about uncovering the current state of your brain when it comes to learning?

It’s all well and good to be conscious of the way the mind works, but in order to keep it healthy, open and expansive, it’s important to tend to your brain health and your learning practice.

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by Mindvalley
Mindvalley is creating a global school that delivers transformational education for all ages. Powered by community. Fueled by fun. We are dedicated to ensuring that humans live happier, healthier, and more fulfilled lives by plugging in the gaps that conventional education failed to teach us. We do this by organising real-world events around the world and producing world-class quality programmes in several areas of transformation, including mind, body, and performance.

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