By Shawn Hanley
Did you know that your brain weighs only about three pounds, but uses 20% of your body’s energy! There is a lot to know about the brain and AP Psychology students are currently studying the structures and functions of the human brain that set us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. Students are exploring how different parts of the human brain allow us to have self-awareness, understand time, use language to communicate abstract thoughts, and develop our emotional and moral compass.
Using the ZSpace lab, students were able to look at brains up close and in 3D so they could get a better understanding of how the brain looks and how each part plays a specific function in our physiological and mental development and growth. The students were enthusiastic about being able to electronically ‘dissect’ the brain into different lobes and spheres and look at what parts control which specific functions. Student Diana Valenzuela said, “It was very cool to be able to actually look at the brain in 3D, take it apart, and put it back together.”