Our next BTDS program is about studying the brain! How does your brain work?? You might know that it's separated into two halves - the left brain and the right brain, and that the two halves generally specialize in different types of thinking. The two halves are connected by a thick cord of neurons called the corpus callosum.
But it's a lot harder to find out anything about how the brain works when it's whole and healthy and functioning properly. We can't just watch it do its thing! How and when and why do the two halves "talk" to one another? What does each half contribute when they are working properly together?
Our guest scientist this month has an ingenious way of studying these aspects of our brains!
Dr. Shelia Kennison is a psychologist who uses glitches in language as windows into how our brains function. By carefully studying how people make meaning out of written words, she can reveal communication between the two sides of the brain!
We will get to experience what it's like to be one of Dr. Kennison's subjects, and as always we'll get to "think like a scientist" and explore other ways the mysterious workings of the brain might be understood.
The program starts Saturday morning at 10:00 at the Stillwater Public Library, room 119.
I hope to see you there!!
In the meantime, check out these related websites!
- For a quick overview of left and right brain functions check out this chart from funderstanding.com
- The Split Brian Game - you become a researcher studying "Mr. Split Brainy." See if you can figure out what's going on in his head!
- To find out how left or right brained you are, take this test!
Here are my results - please post yours!
Thank you for taking the Creativity Test. The results show your brain dominance as being:
|Left Brain||Right Brain|