The Human Brain

Chang & Michelle
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Information about the Brain:

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The entire human brain is called the cerebrum or the telencephalon which is the name for a large region within the brain. Scientists say the right hemisphere of the brain appears to control emotional expressions, visual imagination and nonverbal processing, while the left side controls verbal, analytical, sequential thinking and logical processing. Within the hemispheres there are four general parts including the frontal lobe, parietal lobe, temporal lobe, and occipital lobe. Each lobe has different features and functions and they are all very important. The frontal lobe is located in the front of the brain next to the parietal lobe. People have said that the frontal lobe plays a part in impulse control, judgment, language production, working memory, motor function, problem solving, sexual behavior, socialization and spontaneity. It also helps in planning, coordinating, controlling and executing behavior. Those are some functions that make the frontal lobe a very important part of the brain. Then there's the parietal lobe which is the part of the brain that is behind the frontal lobe and above temporal lobe. It is capable in putting together sensory information from different parts of the body including vision, hearing, memory, and motor and in the manipulation of objects. Much less is known about this lobe compared to the other three. After, it is the temporal lobe. The Temporal lobe is the one that is under the frontal lobe and the parietal lobe. It is the lobe that involves in auditory processing and is home to the primary auditory cortex which is the responsible for processing of sound information. It is also involved in speech and vision. The temporal lobe includes the hippocampus and is therefore it involves in memory formation as well, making the temporal lobe a very important part of the brain. The last lobe is the occipital lobe. This lobe allows humans to see and it can be found behind the temporal lobe and the parietal lobe. It is the smallest lobe out of the four but it is still very important.

Left Brain:

Many have heard that the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body while the right side of the brain is connected to the left side of the body. Each side is consisting of the same lobes but does not have the same functions. The left side controls linear algorithmic processing, concrete-oriented, mathematics: quantity - perception of counting/measurement, present and past, language: grammar/words, pattern perception

Right Brain:

The right brain is said to be random, intuitive, holistic, synthesizing, subjective, looks at wholes; things like imagination, daydreaming, and creative thinking came from the right brain. The right hemisphere of the brain mostly controls emotional expressions and the functions are expressed by nonverbal or visual processing. This means that the right side of the brain is basically more creative and artistic than the left side..

Scientific Method:

Purpose: We want to try if we can make our own left brain and right brain tests and see if the results are accurate and then let the volunteer take a left brain and right brain test that is on the internet and see if the two results are the same.
Hypothesis: We believe that we can create a test and mark it accurately and have the same results as the one done on the internet.
Procedure:
1. Finish writing test
2. Allow 20+ volunteers write the test
3. Mark the test
4. Record results on chart
5. Allow 20+ volunteers write a test on the internet
6. Record results on chart
7. Compare the written test and the internet test and see how many we marked accurately
Observations: When some people were taking the test online, my group noticed that sometimes when you score exactly half on the left brain and half on the right brain; you would be considered as a left brain. Also when people were taking the written test, over half of the class was left brained.
Conclusions: TBA

Test:

1) Do you think more about your future or more about your past?
a) Future b) Past

2) Are you more interested in shapes or measurements?
a) Shapes b) Measuring

3) When looking at an object do you prefer looking at the whole object or parts of the object?
a) Whole b) Parts

4) Do you think math is one of your strong subjects in school?
a) Yes b) No

5) Would you rather draw what you're doing or write about what you're doing?
a) Draw b) Write

6) Do you like math better or art better?
a) Math b) Art

7) Are you neat and organized?
a) Yes b) No

8) When someone is talking to you, would you care more about what they're saying or how they're saying it?
a) What they're saying b) How they're saying it

9) Are you a risk taker?
a) Yes b) No

10) Is it easier for you to remember the functions of an object or the names?
a) Functions b) Names

11) When making a decision, do you follow your instinct or would you think about each option carefully?
a) Instinct b) Think

12) Do you often do your work in the order they were assigned?
a) Yes b) No

13) Do you consider yourself as a random person?
a) Yes b) No

14) Do you think more about things that have less chance of happening or more chance of happening?
a) Less b) More

15) Is it easier to write a profound poem or an essay?
a) Poem b) Essay

16) In a school play would you rather be the director or the lead actor/actress?
a) Director b) Actor/actress

17) Do you read fiction books more or non-fiction books more?
a) Fiction b) Non-fiction

18) Do you often form strategies while playing a game?
a) Yes b) No

19) Is it easy for you to explain how you got the answer to the problem?
a) Yes b) No

Results:

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Our Brain:

Left Brain:

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Right Brain:

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By: Chang and Michelle =)

Thoughts:

Chang: I personally thought that my group did a good and successful job on making the questions up for the survey. I thought it would be hard at first because it took a while to get started but as more questions came to mind, we were use to the style of questions that should be put onto the test. I also thought that the brain model was a success but I think that we could have improved with the model by adding more information in different ways which might have made it easier to understand the different parts and the functions that go with the parts. But overall I would say that this project was a good way for learning because I thought it was easier to understand instead of reading a text book and trying to remember each key idea and specific detail, also we learned a lot on this assignment. For example, I learned that the size of the brain doesn’t have anything to do with how smart you are and I also learned the functions of each lobe of the brain, as well as the difference between the two hemispheres of the brain.

Michelle: My thoughts are pretty much the same as Chang’s, and I also thought that the test Chang made was really successful. The only part that we needed to work on probably is the actual brain part.

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