The Cerebellum

Lesson 8

The cerebellum is located behind the brainstem, receives input from the spinal cord and the upper centers of the brain and is primarily responsible for balance and coordination. 

We earlier discussed proprioceptionand the position of one's body in space is very important to the cerebellum. Learning new motor skills such as riding a bicycle, playing a musical instrument or a new dance movement involve the cerebellum. The dictum "practice makes permanent" refers to the development of circuitry in the cerebellum that retains repetitive motor activity. This circuitry streamlines water tasks so that with repetition they can be done without thinking. 

The lesson here is straightforward. Practice activities that you are required to do routinely and they will become easier to do. Of course I am referring to chores, homework, hygiene and other fun activities.

The cerebellum is also important in balance. Try this one:

  1. Stand on your right foot.
  2. Use your right hand to pat the top of your head.
  3. Now, use your left hand to rub your belly.
  4. Okay, you're doing it, raise your right foot!

Of course you cannot do this, you're cerebellum knows that if this is done you'll fall to the ground. An important lesson for the cerebellum is "do not fall down."

The lesson to be learned here is that there is only so much activity that you can balance without falling down. 
Learned to prioritize your activities.
Learned to balance your personal, familial, academic, recreational and social demands.
Listen to your cerebellum, don't try to do too much at once, so that you "do not fall down."