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About Gordon Johnson

http://gordonjohnson.com

Attorney Gordon Johnson is one of the nations leading brain injury advocates. He is Past-Chair of the TBILG, a national group of more than 150 brain injury advocates. He has spoken at numerous brain injury seminars and is the author of some of the most read brain injury web pages on the internet.

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Brain Injury Help Video Tutorial

Brain Injury Help Video Tutorial

In Phase Two of braininjuryhelp.com, we are now releasing our Brain Injury Help videos, focusing on my interview of Dr. Erin Bigler of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  These videos are intended to be comprehensive in scope, focusing on these primary areas: Brain Structures, The Neuron and Axonal Tracts Brain Injury Pathology, Understanding the(…)

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Brain Injury Help, Brain Anatomy, and Hope After Brain Injury – 101

Brain Injury Help, Brain Anatomy, and Hope After Brain Injury – 101

Part 1 of 17 in the series Anatomy

This is Gordon Johnson:    Welcome to Brain Injury Help.com. We are here to provide support and hope. Support for what lies ahead after brain injury. Hope that recovery can make a difference. This is Attorney Gordon Johnson and I’m here with Dr. Erin Bigler. Dr. Bigler is a Professor of Psychology and Neurosciences at Brigham Young University.(…)

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Brain Anatomy Begins with Skull – 102

Brain Anatomy Begins with Skull – 102

Part 2 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Gordon Johnson: Doctor, when we set out to understand the anatomy of the brain, do you agree that it’s important that we begin with the skull? Dr. Erin Bigler: The brain sits inside the skull and developmentally, the growth of the brain is stimulating the growth of the skull. Gordon Johnson: Explain to us the(…)

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Skull – Brain’s Egg Carton – 103

Skull – Brain’s Egg Carton – 103

Part 3 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Gordon Johnson:        As I understand human evolution, essentially we have an airbag, hard-surface protector system there to keep us safe. I guess an egg carton is a better way to describe it, that the brain sits inside of its own egg carton. Dr. Erin Bigler:            It does. Gordon Johnson:        Then it has several different mechanisms(…)

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Meninges – Dura Arachnoid Pia 104

Meninges – Dura Arachnoid Pia 104

Part 4 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Gordon Johnson:        Let’s talk a minute about the meninges, did I say that right? Dr. Erin Bigler:            Yes, uh huh. Gordon Johnson:        We had the conversation yesterday before we started. I said well maybe I could bring a plastic bag, just sort of demonstrate what the meninges do in terms of the coating of the(…)

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Introduction to the Anatomy of the Brain Itself – 105

Introduction to the Anatomy of the Brain Itself – 105

Part 5 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Gordon Johnson:        As we begin talking about brain anatomy, I want to talk with just some real big picture topics and then we’ll move from the larger divisions of the brain into more specifics. The brain is essentially divided into the brain stem, the cerebellum, and I may say it wrong, the disencephelon. Dr. Erin(…)

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Brain Functional Geography – Frontal Lobes – 106

Brain Functional Geography – Frontal Lobes – 106

Part 6 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Gordon Johnson:        Doctor, I’d like to continue with our brain anatomy lesson. We talked about the four basic overview parts of the brain, but I would now like to have you take us through some of the subparts of those brain and, and give it in a way that people can follow, both through your(…)

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Temporal Lobes 107

Temporal Lobes 107

Part 7 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Gordon Johnson:        Doctor, let’s talk more specifically about the temporal area. Dr. Erin Bigler:            So the temporal lobe here, on this lateral surface, this outer surface, this area here the very top is called the superior temporal gyrus. So, the sort of lumps that you see here, these are gyri, singular is gyrus. So the(…)

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Parietal Lobes 108

Parietal Lobes 108

Part 8 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Gordon Johnson:        Doctor, next I’d like to talk about the parietal lobes. Dr. Erin Bigler:            Yes. Gordon Johnson:        Show us where the parietal lobes are. Dr. Erin Bigler:            Well, again notice the beautiful symmetry of, of the brain: left hemisphere, right hemisphere and the parietal lobes are towards the top and back, bilaterally. Gordon Johnson:       (…)

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Occipital Lobes 109

Occipital Lobes 109

Part 9 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Gordon Johnson:        Doctor, in our next segment I’d like to talk about the occipital lobes. Can you show us where the occipital lobe is? Dr. Erin Bigler:            Yes. So, the occipital lobe is right at the back of the brain. And it’s a very dedicated region of the brain to vision as might be expected.(…)

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Brain Hemisphere Function Experience Dependant 110

Brain Hemisphere Function Experience Dependant 110

Part 10 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Gordon Johnson:        Let’s focus on the concept of two hemispheres in the brain. Perhaps behind you we have a brain that we haven’t dissected. ­ Dr. Erin Bigler:            Taken apart. Gordon Johnson:        ­ Now the brain has two hemispheres and they’re not identical, they’re like one hand is close to but not exactly the same(…)

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Orbital Frontal and Ventricles 111

Orbital Frontal and Ventricles 111

Part 11 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Gordon Johnson:        We’ve talked about the neuron and we’ve talked about some of the larger lobes in the cerebral cortex. You had some other issue you felt we should talk about now. Dr. Erin Bigler:            Yes, I want to show you a very, very important pathway that’s often effected and a system that’s often effected(…)

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Hippocampus and Fornix – 112

Hippocampus and Fornix – 112

Part 12 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Dr. Erin Bigler:            So what I’m going to do now is I’m going to remove the temporal lobe from the insular cortex and just inside the insular cortex are the basal ganglia. Gordon Johnson:        Now these are the insular cortex are these two areas we talked about earlier. Dr. Erin Bigler:            That’s correct. Gordon Johnson:       (…)

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Hippocampus – How the Brain Saves Memory 113

Hippocampus – How the Brain Saves Memory 113

Part 13 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Gordon Johnson:        The hippocampus has been called the brain save button. Dr. Erin Bigler:            It is the save button. It is a very important part of your ability to lay down a memory. Gordon Johnson:        So, information comes into the brain. It goes to the hippocampus and the hippocampus then sorts out what’s to be(…)

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Visualizing Hippocampus and Other Structures – 114

Visualizing Hippocampus and Other Structures – 114

Part 14 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Gordon Johnson:        Doctor, when we broke we were holding the temporal lobes with the hippocampus and the foreign structures that are shown. We are now going to turn to the model of an actual human brain that we have and this is a reconstruction from actual MRI images, is it not? Dr. Erin Bigler:            That(…)

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Amygdala’s Role in Memory – 115

Amygdala’s Role in Memory – 115

Part 15 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Gordon Johnson:        Now that we see the relationship between the hippocampus and the amygdala talk to us about the role that the amygdala plays and then the role it plays in memory. Dr. Erin Bigler:            Well, the amygdala is again another one of those structures that has multiple functions but it’s often thought of as(…)

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Basal Ganglia – 116

Basal Ganglia – 116

Part 16 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Gordon Johnson:        Doctor let’s talk about the basal ganglia. Dr. Erin Bigler:            So now I’m going to pull this apart a little bit further. So, I’m going to do an interesting – I’m going to put you on the spot, okay? So I’m going to pull this, structure out right here and, what does that(…)

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Brain Stem, Diencephalon, Thalamus, Hypothalamus – 117

Brain Stem, Diencephalon, Thalamus, Hypothalamus – 117

Part 17 of 17 in the series Anatomy

Gordon Johnson:        Doctor, you’re holding in your hand now a brain, the brain stem and the diencephalon. Is that correct? Dr. Erin Bigler:            Well a little more than the diencephalon because over here you have a little bit of the internal capsule and some other white matter. Gordon Johnson:        All right, show us in what(…)

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