ERIC KANDEL is a psychiatrist, neuroscientist and professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Columbia University. Recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize for his research of the physiological basis of memory. In The Shallows he’s named in page 27, about the study of a slug’s gill.
This postcard talks about memory storage. Eric Kandel. Postcard about memory storage.
It occurs on certain areas of the brain, but it also happens that our experience and learning affect its physical configuration and the connections of the neurons (synapses). This way, when you learn to do something that eventually will be executed unconsciously, the brain changes to do it that way. The movements will be automatic, and the brain develops that area. Of course, if you feel pleasure, if you enjoy that effort of learning, the change will be bigger. Also, different forms of learning give rise to different forms of memory.
Just in case you´re still interested in what we read in “The Shallows”, last weekend I was watching spanish tv and there was an interesting documentary about neuroplasticity (with a lot of scientist named in the book). I missed you all, and I thought maybe you were interested in watching it (in english!). So this is the link where you can find it: http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/natureofthings/2008/brainchangesitself/
They also broadcasted a documentary about Arrowsmith school (in Toronto) were they teach people who have learning problems. Interesting too, here: http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/thelens/2008/fixingmybrain/
Good luck everyone with everything, and please pay me a visit if you ever come to Spain! Bye!!
Ok, so we have seen the kitten playing with the i-Pad, the toddler playing with the i-Pad… But an elephant? Here is Peter the elephant playing with a tablet computer!
This is a project that some of my classmates in Spain have done this term. I think is soooo smart and funny that I wanted to show it to you. It deals with the idea of a virtual living seated at home, without interacting with no one. In this case, your behind is the joystick! I think it is also related with the ‘contemplation’ idea of videogames. Hope you like it!
This is the most relaxing song of all times, ‘Weightless’, by Marconi Union with the help of sound therapists to get advice on how to make the most effective use of harmonies, rhythms and bass lines. The result on listeners is a slowing of the heart rate, reduced blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.” (Daily Mail, David Gerges)
The next video is an example of ‘binaural sound’, but it ONLY works with HEADPHONES.
Anyway, I think the most impressive example is in the next link. It seems that the guy is in the room cutting your hair! Again, you NEED headphones. Binaural sound. Virtual barbershop
Although this song hasn’t been called ‘the most relaxing song of all times’, I think this video is GREAT and the music is SUPERB. I encourage you all to watch it and ENJOY (ok, captions are in spanish, but you won’t mind). JLo would say “Goosies!”.
Kelsey, maybe it will give you some ideas.
Flower. A different videogame.
Thanks, Angela!!! She told us last day about this videogame, and I found it very inspiring!
I am posting it because it is a good example of how we can change the current situation and be able to do things in a different way. The creator describe it as “a videogame version of a poem”, and I don’t disagree. I would like that videogames in the future will be like that.
Watch the second video in the link!
Stephen Wiltshire was diagnosed autism since he was a child. He is an AWESOME artist who draws from his memory, and here you have a photograph where he is working on drawing Manhattan from memory. You can see more of his works on his website (click on the photograph)
A video working on Brisbane skyline
I am very interested about the concept of ‘intelligence’ and the way ‘The Shallows’ has made me reconsider it, so I’ve been investigating about how education should change in order to adapt to the current situation (that’s why I posted the video by Ken Robinson). I am reading about Emotional Intelligence, which apparently determines the level of people’s success better than the IQ (you can look up the marshmallow test).
Emotional Intelligence includes hope, optimism and good mood, and the way you deal with problems. One of the biggest authors about this is Daniel Goleman. In the video you will find out interesting facts about ‘compassion’, that are very related to the book, where it explains about emphatizing and the time it takes (pages 220-221).
Ken Robinson. ‘Linearity’ versus ‘organic proccess’.
This is a TED Talk by Ken Robinson, a creativity expert, talking about the way educational systems are based on linearity, and how this should change to a system based in ‘agriculture’, in organic proccesses, customized for each one of us. He doesn’t provide solutions in this talk, but he explains really good the problem. He mentioned that we are continously reforming educational systems, but they don’t work because ‘reforms’ aren’t sufficient. A ‘transformation’ is needed.