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Effect #3: Do and Say Without Thinking


Cartoon brain says to Neuron Al, "Al, that's a really ugly sweater your're wearing." Neuron Al looks sad.

Every brain has a program call, "Good Idea/Bad Idea." The program tells us what is appropriate and what is not. For example, we may think to ourselves that someone's sweater is really ugly, but "Good Idea/Bad Idea" keeps us from saying this out loud. For some people, a brain injury takes away the fine line between good ideas and bad ideas and "lets it all hang out." Alcohol can also cause a person to say whatever comes to mind, no matter who it hurts. Alcohol together with a brain injury shuts off the "Good Idea/Bad Idea" program, and that's a bad idea.

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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.