NOVA’s Sidewalk Science
Earlier in October, the Neuroscience Outreach & Volunteer Association held its first ever Sidewalk Science event. In this event, volunteers engaged with their communities across Baltimore by introducing themselves on their neighborhood sidewalks with chalk. This event aims to foster community and scientific curiosity in a safe and fun way by leaving chalk for passersby to ask their own questions. The volunteers would check back each day and write answers to any questions.
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Q: Why does the brain have wrinkles?
A: Actually, we don’t know. We think the wrinkles (sulci and gyri) increase the surface area of the brain to have more neurons (brain cells)!
Q: What is consciousness?
A: Consciousness is the integration of our experience, what we see/hear/etc, with our past experience to create a subjective ~perspective~
Q: How much does the brain weigh?
A: About *3* pounds!!!
Q: What’s in our brain?
A: Lots of stuff! Neurons communicate, glia keep neurons healthy. There is also blood, proteins & even sugar!