The recognition neural network helps process information acquired through our senses. Imagine a bowl of hot buttery popcorn sitting on a table in front of you. Through the recognition network, your brain perceives and identifies the popped corn as something edible. You recognize the smell of melted butter and if eaten, identify the food as being tasteful or not. The recognition network is located in the rear of the cortex.
The strategic neural network assists with the planning and execution of everyday living. To further build upon the example of popcorn, the strategic network is responsible for assisting how you decide to grab and eat the popcorn...one popped kernel after another, two at a time, or perhaps by the handful! The strategic network is located in the front half of the cortex.
The affective neural network allows us to evaluate what is important and attach significance to life. For instance, if you are hungry, the affective network directs significance to finding food, and thus eating that bowl of hot buttery popcorn. The affective neural network is located in the center of the nervous system.