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Yearbook class is a lot like the Brain

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John Parsons

on 22 May 2011

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Yearbook Class is a lot like the brain Don't think so? Well, let's explore
the "Yearbook Brain" The brain is a complex structure with many diverse and separate parts. ...likewise, our staff is made up of many different people, each with their own talents and responsibilties... In both the brain and our yearbook staff, all of these individual "parts" have a hand in the final product (a yearbook, a memory, or perception) Reporters gather the initial content in the same way our senses gather input for the brain. In the brain, the thalamus does the initial processing of this information. On our staff, content editors will start the initial processing all of the pictures/copy that we receive (discarding unnecessary or unusable content). Then the content editors will distribute the photos to the appropriate section editors in the same way that the brain distributes its received content to the cerebrum’s various lobes (occipital, temporal, parietal, frontal). Our staff doesn’t just record information just as the brain doesn’t just record input. Both the yearbook staff and the brain “process” this input in very specific ways. The Spread Editor is responsible for designing the way the yearbook “looks” but also how the reader “looks” at the yearbook. This design influences the way the reader’s eye moves over a page just as the parietal lobe of the brain controls movement in our bodies as well as spatial perception. The Ladder Editor is responsible for planning the yearbook’s overall order, making decisions about new content, and assigning specific assignments to staff members very much like the frontal lobe of the brain which is responsible for judgment, planning and working memory. The Photo Editor doesn’t just edit photos but also carefully selects which photos to include in our book based on our selected theme. They, like designers, must maintain a consistent “vision” to represent the theme like the vision center of our brain, the occipital lobe. Finally, The Copy Editor is responsible for assigning, collecting and editing the text (captions, stories, and quotes) that accompany the images in our yearbook and give them meaning, anchoring them in the overall story that we are trying to tell. Like the temporal lobes (left and right) in the brain assign meaning and memory. Keep in mind (pun intended) that on both our staff and in the brain, all of these parts have to work together, at the same time to record and process the world around us...and there is often an overlapping of duties and responsibilities, just like the lobes of the cerebrum. But if we work together, like the different parts of the brain, we can achieve things that we could never accomplish separately All images used in this presentation were sourced from Microsoft Clip art except for the large brain background which was sourced from Clker.com, a public domain vector art sharing site: http://www.clker.com/clipart-4348.html.
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