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The Brain

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on 12 August 2013

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The Brain
Brain Power!
Do we only use 10% of our brain power?
-The majority of information processed is not used.
-New technologies are very good at distracting us.(Facebook, YouTube, etc)
- University of London researchers found that always being connected impacts IQ levels. Equal to losing a nights sleep/taking up marijuana
Memory is our ability to encode, store, retain and subsequently recall information and past experiences in the human brain.

Must Include Strong Themes of Technology

Memory, Multitasking, Tunnel Vision, Brain Enhancements

6 Minutes Of Video In Total
Handouts (Content Unknown)
The Maze Game
Number Recall
Moving Hand Clockwise While Drawing 8 With Foot/Rubbing Stomach While Patting Head
Opening Door While Talking To Distract
Shouting To Distract Someone As They Attempt To Listen
Divide Class Into 3 Small Groups For Short Discussion
Memory Implants For Brain
Memory/Brain Enhancing Pills
Movie: Limitless
Movie: Forrest Gump (Savants)
Solipsism (The Matrix)
Clifford Nass, a researcher at Stanford assumed that those who multitask heavily will nonetheless develop some other outstanding skills
Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour.
Brain Implants
Microchips inserted into the brain via surgery.

Focuses on the part of the cerebral cortex where short-term memories become long-term ones.

Treat Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative neurological disorder causing people to lose their memory as they age.

Drugs can only slow down the disease but not stop it completely.

Scientific breakthrough.

Arrange the numbers in increasing order
Take up an average of 2.2hours per day.
the brain can be fooled by optical illusions, photoshop etc

on the paper:
table top, leaning twrs, duck rabbit, impossible triangle.
impossible triangle. Melbourne east Perth
Reference list
Evan, W (2013). Brain Implants. Available: http://www.medicaldaily.com/brain-implant-microchip-could-restore-memory-245670. Last accessed 8 August 2013.

Jessica, K (2013). How multitasking hurts your brain. Available: http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2013/01/15/how-multitasking-hurts-your-brain-and-your-effectiveness-at-work/. Last accessed 8 August 2013

Megan, N (2012). How technology gadgets affect our brains. Available: http://sanleandro.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/how-technology-gadgets-affect-our-brains. Last accessed 8 August 2013

Margaret, T (2009). Can a daily pill boost your brain power?. Available: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2009/sep/20/neuroenhancers-us-brain-power-drugs. Last accessed 9 August 2013

Richard, C. How human memory works. Available: http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/human-memory.htm. Last accessed 9 August 2013

Jenny, H.(2010). Brain training games such as Nintendo DS 'can help to reverse memory loss'. Available: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1266612/Brain-training-games-Nintendo-DS-help-reverse-memory-loss.html. Last accessed 9 August 2013

It is one of the most elusive and misunderstood part/organ of human attributes.
Effects of Aging on Memory
Sensory memory (a few seconds)
Short-term memory (a few minutes)
Long-term memory (potentially unlimited duration)
Different types of memory have different ways to encode and store information in different region of the brain.
In general, the older you are, the worse your memory is.

Memory game can prevent memory loss and boost brainpower.
The impossible triangle/ Penrose triangle
Mathematician Roger Penrose.
Quote " Impossibility in its purest form" Lionel Penrose(Father) created the Penrose stairs.

Internet and technology to gain additional knowledge
Research conducted at Columbia University Claims that technology causes a backward flow of progress in brain function
What has technology done to our brains?
Phones and the internet has ruled out needs to remember basic information.
Alzheimer's disease, neurodegenerative disorders or lack of use.
Adderall and Ritalin, drugs that enhance.
Piracetam is been widely used to treat neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Constant state of divided attention.
Impacts of multitasking
Research shows we are exposed to three times more information today as compared to four decades ago.
"In the case of music, it's a little different. We have a special part of our brain for music, so we can listen to music while we do other things."
"Multitaskers are not being more productive—they just feel more emotionally satisfied from their work."
Multitasking contributes to the death of brain cells
- Builds up Cortisol (stress hormone)
- Reduces the immune systems first line of defense.
- Proves to be a medical issue
- Cannot efficiently and effectively
switch between tasks.
- Easily distracted and lose focus
- Make mistakes
- Low retention rate (Memory Issues)
Solipsism is the philosophical idea that the only thing a person can be sure exists is their own mind.

The reality around us may just be a construct of our own minds, and not actually reflect reality.

Our reality may actually be generated by a digital program such as in the Matrix.
GORGIAS (483-375 BC)
The Matrix
The Matrix is an extension of solipsism theory. It suggests that our reality is actually a computer generated program.

It borrows strongly from the concept of
'Brain in a Vat'
The Matrix
Food For Thought.....
Assuming we are all brains in a jar hooked up to a powerful computer program by a mad alien scientist; would that make our memories, interactions, and experiences meaningless?
Mind-Controlled Technology
Prosthetic limbs can be controlled by the interpretation of electrical signals transmitted by the brain

These signals are recorded via Electroencephalography (EEG). Device attached to head to monitor neural activity

Quadriplegic patients can now operate prosthetic limbs

Tech enthusiasts can operate entire robots

Even helicopters can be flown. This potentially has a number of military and other such applications.
A quadriplegic woman feeds herself chocolate.
-One group of volunteers were given handheld electronic devices.
-The others carried out traditional word recall exercises using pen and paper.
-Those who were given computer games, recall had improved by 60 percent - compared with 37 percent for those who practised on paper.
How many people use facebook
Is it true that women are better at multitasking than men
How much does the brain weigh
how many blood vessels in the brain
what percentage of the brain is water

Divide into groups
Choose team captains
circle (finger),
maze game
Opening the door.
distract Zen
Discussion brain implants
Discussion about solipsism


-How many people use Facebook?
-Is it true that women are better at multitasking than men?
-How much does the brain weigh?
-What percentage of the brain is water?
-Do Chimpanzees have better visual memories than humans?
-Does playing video games as a child improve your IQ score?
Are brain implants ethical?
Do you think most people would accept a brain implant?
Would you get a brain implant?
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