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Your Brain is Like a Computer

cartoon image of "computer software" with arrow pointing to computer with words "word processing spreadsheets graphics" inside and "brain software" pointing to brain with "knowledge attitudes and beliefs" inside

The human brain is often compared to a computer, full of bits of information, able to make swift, steady connections. Just like a computer, the brain has many programs like the ones that allow us to move, think and make decisions.

To operate, a computer uses software, a set of instructions to tell it what to do. Our brains use instructions too. Those instructions are like software—bits of information that include our knowledge, attitudes and beliefs.  


This website has been funded with financial assistance from Grant #H133A120086 awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to the Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation for the current funding period of 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2017.