What it does...
Your frontal lobe is like the boss of your brain, and the rest of your body. It’s hard at work when you think, plan, solve problems, and make decisions. It helps you to start tasks, and stay focused.
This part of your brain also helps you to imagine things (like what would happen if you stood up and started dancing in the middle of a maths lesson). It helps you choose between good and bad actions.
Have you ever felt angry, jealous or sad, but tried not to show it? Your frontal lobe helps you to filter your emotions and control your behaviour. It shapes your whole personality.
How it’s affected...
If a person’s frontal lobe isn’t working very well, their behaviour and personality may change. They may do or say things they would never have done before they were ill. Frontotemporal dementia affects this area of the brain. Sometimes people with this illness might struggle to understand how you’re feeling or may not show concern for you if you’re sad or unwell. They might make jokes that embarrass you or lose interest in some of the activities they used to enjoy. This is all because of the damage to frontal lobes.
Did you know?
Your brain has two of each lobe – one on the right side, and one on the left side. The left half of the brain controls the right side of your body, and the right half controls the left side of your body.
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