Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Humor, Comics, and the Brain

Here's a reminder to keep comics in your curriulum. Looking at the funny cartoons actually tickles your dopaminergic mesolimbic reward system (aside: these are the brain regions we want to activate in ADHD), and the funnier the comic is, the more activation it gets activated. Sure beats medication.

We've also included some Superhero & Science articles to get you thinking. We've been reading Science of Superheroes with our kids and they are enjoying it. The book is a playful tweaker's book, and it models looking to science or nature for ideas and applying knowledge. Some chapters are better than others, but so far we enjoyed Spiderman (walking on walls, silk, radioactive insects, etc.) and Flash (friction, metabolism, sonic booms, speed of light, etc.).

And if today's post seems too discontinuous from yesterday's, here's an ancient transition:

"Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspcious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit." - Aristotle

Something Funny Happened to Reward
Reward Centers, Comics, and fMRI
Teaching Physics with Superheroes
BBC: Science of Superheroes

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