Men ought to know that from the brain, and from the brain only, arise our pleasures, joys, laughter and jests, as well as our sorrows, pains, griefs and tears. –Hippocrates (5th Century, B.C.; quoted in Kandel et al. 1991:iv)
These are excerpts from the Non Verbal institute research center
Neuro term. 1. Those circuits, centers, and modules of the central nervous system which are involved in sending, receiving, and processing speechless signs. 2. In right-handed individuals, modules of the right brain cerebral hemisphere, considered to be more nonverbal, holistic, visuospatial, and intuitive than the verbal, analytic, sequential, and rational left brain hemisphere (see HUMAN BRAIN, Right brain, left brain). 3. Those ancient centers (e.g., nuclei) and paleocircuits of the nervous system which evolved in vertebrates–from the jawless fishes to human ancestors (e.g., Homo habilis)–for communication before the advent of speech.
Usage: Just as the brain’s newer speech centers (e.g., Broca’s area) control language communication, earlier areas of the nonverbal brain control communication apart from words. Knowing its parts and wiring helps us decode nonverbal messages.
Media. “A skillful outline can be more appealing than a photographic image. The simple line appeals to the brain which has limited attention and limited abilities to process information rapidly.” (San Diego Union-Tribune interview with UC-San Diego neuroscientist, Vilayanur Ramachandran [May 7, 1999, A1, A-19]#
Literature. The first recorded verbal reference to the human brain is Egyptian #the word ‘ys#, written on papyrus in the 17th Century, B.C. #Kandel et al. 1991#.