Ch.2 First Impression- Neuroscience

The brain is a very intriguing topic, therefore picking a TED talk to watch was difficult. There are so many instances in life when you and another person may say a sentence or word at the same time. The TED talk I chose was “How we read each other’s minds” by Rebecca Saxe. I thought learning about reading other’s minds was an interesting topic, along with hearing how someone would address and explain reading people’s minds. Throughout this TED talk, Saxe gives examples from the experiments she conducted related to the RTP in the brain, which is used when reading and thinking about other’s feelings. As we get older our RTP develops, which gives up the ability to think about other people’s thoughts. Saxe shows an illustration of a mother looking at her baby and another of a man jumping off of a cliff, which from looking at the pictures we can come up with ideas of what the people in the pictures are thinking. During this talk I found it interesting when Saxe mentioned that we have the same brain cells as monkeys, mice, and sea slugs. I also thought the video Saxe showed of her getting a magnetic force to a certain part of her brain was fascinating because the force given gave her hand a reflex and made her drop the coin she had in her hand. I found this presenter trustworthy due the proof she gave with videos. To show an experiment Saxe conducted involving the thoughts of children she showed videos of children ages three, five, and seven. With the videos Saxe was able to prove her point, and give solid evidence that the RTP works differently depending on the age. I would conduct an experiment that shows how difference in age affects our perspective on concepts. For this experiment ages, en, sixteen, eighteen, twenty-one, and twenty-five look at pictures and determine what they think the person in the picture is thinking. Before looking at the pictures the people will get their brains imaged to see the amount of brain activity, as well as after looking at the pictures and deciding what each person is thinking in each picture. I think it would be interesting to see between what ages is there a big difference in the thoughts and how the picture is perceived.


1 thought on “Ch.2 First Impression- Neuroscience”

  1. From what you stated, the presenter does seem trustworthy because she backed up everything she said with evidence. Furthermore, she did not just talk about the evidence she showed it using pictures and videos and also gave the audience a sense of what she was doing to research her theory.
    The research method that you have come up with seems very interesting and the type of test you could use to measure their brain activity would be either a PET scan or a functional MRI. A PET scan, short for a positron emission topography, would allow you to see the activity in the brain by lighting up what is being used the most. Similarly, a functional MRI would show a 3-D version of activity and structure so that may be more useful toward your research. One problem with this is that you would not be able to see what the individual is actually thinking, only what part of the brain they are using. But, you could ask them what they think the people in the pictures are feeling and compare at different ages.


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