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NO. R-203. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO INCREASING OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE HUMAN BRAIN.

(J.R.H. 146)

Offered by: Representative Richardson of Weathersfield.

Whereas, professionals and laypeople throughout the United States are continuously participating in special community education, health, social, environmental and historical programs to improve knowledge of the brain for the health of our citizens, and

Whereas, the brain is the most powerful organ of the human body as it is the organ of mind, memory, emotions, and key to all human activity, and

Whereas, a properly functioning brain is essential for a full human life, and

Whereas, the brain allows the five senses, touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing, to act with discernment, and

Whereas, the brain regulates and interprets emotion, sensation, muscular and hormonal

activity, speech, and language, and

Whereas, the brain allows for the ability to store information, to be aware of changes in the environment and to plan for the future, and

Whereas, personality is an exclusive product of the brain, and

Whereas, obtaining better knowledge of brain function and advanced surgical techniques will assure the saving of lives, time, money and manpower, and

Whereas, further knowledge of the developmental and mental health aspects of the brain have profound implications for the well-being of the individual and the community as a whole, and

Whereas, increased understanding of the brain helps to advance the development of treatment and rehabilitative strategies for the brain injured, and

Whereas, while the brain is one of the organs most critical to human life, it remains the

least understood, and

Whereas, during September 1998 a series of special events focusing on the importance of educating Americans on the functioning of the brain will occur in the town of Cavendish, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the importance of the medical and psychological research that is being undertaken to improve our knowledge of the amazing human brain and commends the organizers of the Cavendish program that will provide a unique opportunity to further our understanding about this vital human organ.