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Then, two of Mark’s friends, dressed in black uniforms, demonstrated their martial arts abilities, including acrobatic exercises that resulted in an ovation from the crowd. 51 52 A Day in the Life of the Brain Fight or Flight? Mark’s time to perform was fast approaching. Mr. Mozart, the music teacher, was pushing a piano to the stage. “This is it,” Mark thought. The time had come to decide whether or not he was going to perform. Mark felt a sinking sensation in his stomach and his palms began to sweat.

Livingstone gave Mark seven stitches that did not hurt at all. Mark could touch the skin around the wound without hurting. The pain killer had lived up to its name. Pain relievers work in different ways. The anesthesia the doctor injected into Mark’s skin worked by blocking the nociceptors that transmit the pain sensation to the brain. Some types of anesthesia block the neurotransmitters that pass on the nerve impulse from one neuron to the next, after the nociceptors sent the signal. This stops the signal from reaching the brain.

In just ten days, the babies receiving caring sessions increased their weight, as well as their brain activity. These babies were also sent home earlier than babies who were not held or massaged. 47 48 A Day in the Life of the Brain the brain, passing through the thalamus first and then heading to the sensory cortex. Mark works the clay with his hands. His delicate sense of touch allows him to feel that the clay is drying, and he pours a bit of water on it. As he shapes his plate, Mark smoothes its sides and edges using his fingertips.

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