If humans are able to establish ideas like integrated rate laws (ln[A]t = -k • t + ln[A]0) and masterpieces like Beyoncé's album, Lemonade, then we must be pretty smart, right? Right! We are so smart, that it can't all possibly fit into this aesthetic page. So, here's an overview that corresponds to my 3D sculpture that is suppose to look like a human brain. The brain is divided into left and right hemispheres. Within those hemispheres, there are seven major parts of the brain: frontal lobe, parietal lobe, temporal lobe, occipital lobe, cerebellum, and the brain stem. For stability purposes, I did not replicate the cerebellum or brain stem in my sculpture. However, they are extremely vital structures to the brain. The cerebellum is responsible for communication, posture, and balance. It's name means "little brain." The job of the brain stem is to regulate breathing and heart rate.
The frontal lobe is decorated in red with emojis and puzzles because it controls emotions, problem solving, and reasoning. I mentioned earlier that my slow realization was due to the underdevelopment of my prefrontal cortex and now we know it's because the frontal lobe controls reasoning. The prefrontal cortex is still undergoing construction throughout the teenage years, which might be part of the reasons why teens do and say some pretty questionable things. The temporal lobe can be located by finding the green section on the sculpture. This lobe of the brain conducts all the hearing. Whether it's biology lectures or Beyoncé, the temporal lobe interprets it all! If you're in awe that your brain can process such a wide range of things (or bored out of your mind) , both of your hands might be on top of your head right now. If that's the case, you also found your parietal lobes! This blue section of my sculpture has a variety of felt and food on it because it is responsible for touch and taste. Yup, you can thank your brain for granting you the joy of tasting delicious Ghirardelli chocolate and the equally yummy, heart healthy Honey Nut Cheerios. The Cheerios are supposed to be arranged in the shape of a heart, much to my chagrin. Finally, the occipital lobe is denoted in yellow and is covered with protruding eyes. By now, you can probably guess why. If you said it's because the occipital lobe interprets information from the eye, you're correct! The vision pathway is from the field of vision in left and right eyes → optic nerve → optic chiasm → optic tract → occipital lobe.