Name: Elise Teo
Index Number: 06
Independent Learning Log (No.5)
Date: 17 June 2016
Time: 2pm - 2:30pm
What I did:
I decided to read up on some news about the human brain. I found this article on Mapping Word Meanings in the brain, so I decided to read up on it.
What I learned:
Words I learnt:
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (or ALS) A disease that attacks and progressively kills motor nerve cells over time. These cells control the movements of many muscle groups. As the motor nerve cells die, people with ALS lose their ability to speak, walk and swallow. ALS is also sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease after the baseball player who was stricken with this disease.
cerebral cortex The outermost layer of neural tissue covering the front part of a vertebrate animal’s brain.
computational neuroscience A field in which scientists use mathematics and computer programs to better understand structures in the brain and what they do.
fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) A special type of machine used to study brain activity. It uses a strong magnetic field to monitor blood flow in the brain. Tracking the movement of blood can tell researchers which brain regions are active.
hemisphere Half of a globe, which can refer to half of the Earth, half of some ball, or anything else — such as half of the brain.
neuroscience Science that deals with the structure or function of the brain and other parts of the nervous system. Researchers in this field are known as neuroscientists.
From the article, I learnt that our brain has different places to hold different meanings of words, not just one part of our brain.
This article is about where word meanings are stored in our brain and what words are in each location of storage.