Q. I’ve heard you refer to the science of brain function but I don’t know how it differs from Psychiatry, Psychology, Physiology, Biology, or any of the other "ologies." What’s your definition?

A. Psychiatry is the branch of medicine dealing with the study and treatment of mental disorders. Psychology is the science of human behavior dealing with the mind and mental processes, feelings, desires, etc. Physiology is the branch of Biology dealing with the vital processes of living organisms, their parts and organs. To some degree, brain physiology can now be correlated with results from assessments such as the MBTI, Temperament Inventory, and BTSA.

Brain function, on the other hand, is the specific contribution or characteristic action(s) of parts of the brain to the economy of the human organism. I believe that human behavior is the outcome of a complex constellation of interrelated factors that include (to name just a few) anatomy, physiology, past experience, genetics, familial tendencies, and brain function. Brain research has taken exponential leaps in the past five to ten years. This increase in knowledge is exciting, practical, and can be immensely helpful. The information can not only help us to better understand ourselves and core contributors to our behaviors, but also can enhance all our relationships.