You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Or can you? For much of the 20th century, scientists thought that the human brain didn’t change much after adolescence. But now, thanks in part to sophisticated brain imaging techniques, we’re starting to realize that the adult brain is actually quite dynamic! Many of our everyday activities can influence not only our brain’s capabilities, but its structure as well.
A few months ago, my wife Liz informed me that the Society for Neuroscience was organizing a video contest for their 2011 meeting. We’d been meaning to create a video together for a while, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity. After some initial brainstorming and writing, a few days of shooting, and many hours of editing, we submitted this short film (below) to the contest.
We knew there would be plenty of competition – the annual SfN meeting is attended by tens of thousands of scientists, making it one of the biggest scientific conferences in the world. As expected, the video competition received lots of submissions, and unfortunately ours wasn’t selected as one of the winners.
You can see the winners here – I think the first place film, The Treasure Hunt, is really well done, and a very deserving winner.
But it’s not over yet! We have another chance to win when the voting public chooses the People’s Choice Award. Voting will start later this week, and when the online voting begins we’ll let you know how you can help us take home the prize!