The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center has a program run by art therapist, Melissa Walker. The program works with veterans to create expressive masks to communicate the what life is like with a brain injury.Read More
Filtering by Category: The Brain
I am very deliberate with the words I choose when writing about people and diseases. I am very conscious to say, "a person with a cancer diagnosis," rather than, "a person with cancer." I choose this because it emphasizes the individual person over the disease. An area where word-choice is particularly important is the topic of mental illness.Read More
Vision and how we see the world is wildly complex. I learned this back in art school and it has always stayed with me.
For example, in a rainbow there is no pure purple (aka magenta). It does not exist as a wavelength of light. Purple is a color our brain just kind of makes up. This happens when only two of three kinds of nerve cells (cones) in our eye are stimulated.
This video by Steve Mould and The Royal Society explains the whole thing super clearly.
Curiously there scientists are looking for women believed to genetically have a fourth yellow cone. These women would see more colors than the rest of us!