What the heck is your brain made of?

Matthew Dickson
25 min readMay 21, 2024

What is inside your brain?

There are many different areas of your brain (think of this as a house) you have probably heard before, like prefrontal cortex, cerebellum, hippocampus, and amygdala (think of these as the rooms in your house).

These different areas are in charge of different bodily functions, but what does the actual structure of the brain look like? What are these different areas made of? You’ve heard of brain cells and synapses, white matter and gray matter (think of these as the bricks of the house). But it can seem confusing…

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Matthew Dickson

Advocate for people with mental illness in developing countries at www.MindAid.ca. Bicycled across Canada twice, books, nature, fitness, learning, dancing!