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A.P. Psychology Launches Human Brain Project

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Jocelyn Martinez '19
18 December 2018

The students of A.P. Psychology were assigned a very complex project that really put their brains to work. Mrs. Geraldine Volonnino tasked her students with creating a 3-dimensional model of the human brain in a project that require ingenuity, creativity, and teamwork.Brain Projec; photo credit: Alyssa Minella '19

The extensive project, in which the students had to build an artificial human brain out of tools found at home and label all of the minute segments and divisions of the intricate organ, was assigned by Mrs. Volonnino in order to help them learn about the different structures and functions that the brain consists of.

"Going in depth into our cognitive processes in class, along with our individual modeling of the brain, helps us fully comprehend how this very important organ works," mentioned Sarah Filipczuk '19. The substantial amount of cognitive and tactile work that this project required allowed students to correlate information they were learning in class to reality.

Mrs. Volonnino uses this unique tactic to trigger the students' brains without just simply reciting the facts and information, but by allowing them to decipher the information partially on their own. "I feel like it is a creative way that allows me to learn all of the material," stated Melissa Myrtaj. "It will be time sufficiently spent that will really help me retain the large amount of information." Brain Project; photo credit: Alyssa Minella '19

The understanding of the inner-workings of the human brain will carry over to future lessons. "This knowledge is applied in psychology to gain insight on mental processes and behavior of animals and humans," stated Mrs. Volonnino.

Rather than traditional teaching about the human brain and its functions, this project allowed the students to teach themselves at a speed they are comfortable with. "It is a way for me to learn the material at my own pace and have visual aid to connect to the functions," Myrtaj revealed.

Mrs. Volonnino allotted several weeks for students to complete the project, as it was first assigned in early December and due on January 3rd. This enabled the students to truly prepare carefully and work diligently on the project. In addition, students were allowed to work on this project in groups of two, which allowed the students to utilize different ideas for the project.