Day 03 – MotionBuilder
Today, we were all day in the lab.
Started with a great brainstorming session. Discussed the concept of thought and its processes and the similarities to the flow of estuaries. This fed into the concept of the flow of electrical signals throughout the brain via synapses. The synapse is the meeting place where nerve endings and the spine come in close contact but do not touch. A ‘miniature river’ composed of chemical ions divides the synapse and here is where the electrical signals cross over, (The University of Queensland n.d.).
(Neurology Central 2016)
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.
There are basically two types of brain plasticity:
- Functional Plasticity refers to the brain’s ability to move functions from a damaged area of the brain to other undamaged areas.
- Structural Plasticity refers to the brain’s ability to actually change its physical structure as a result of learning.
I am living proof of this science. My complete left hand side of the body became paralyzed due to neurological surgery and I know for certain that I suffered neuron damage, which caused the paralysis. I have been able to form new synapse pathway and thus created my own neurological estuary.
MotionBuilder tutorial where we learned how to implement the motion capture data, produced by Dean’s taxonomy of movement. And how to emit particles from the movement markers. Whew, full on! I was definitely out of my comfort zone.
MedicineNet.com 2017, Medical Definition of Neuroplasticity, viewed 13 February 2017, <http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=40362>
Neurology Central 2016, Imaging of synaptic density now possible, viewed 13 February 2017, < https://www.neurology-central.com/2016/07/21/imaging-synaptic-density-now-possible/>
The University of Queensland n.d., Action potentials and synapses: in depth, viewed 13 February 2017, <http://www.qbi.uq.edu.au/the-brain/physiology/action-potentials-and-synapses>