Name: Preeti Iyengar - Group members: Jamie Brewton, Marwan Ramen, Alex Liu - Start Date: Feb 22 2017 - End Date: March 2 2017
The Scary Side of Imagination
Feb 22 2017 - Now that we are in our new groups, we have started to plan what kind of topic we will be focusing on the study of imagination. Through trial and error we will be using the knowledge question "what is the role of imagination in understanding others". My group has derived this question so that we could make a science experiment out of it. To demonstrate what we will be discussing in an educative and interesting way, we have decided that we will use the theme of horror. Horror is a very broad subject that uses a lot of imagination from the individual. It is a great theme to use for further investigation on imagination.
Feb 24 2017 - Our foundation on what we want to focus on has been set. Now we need to start planning the presentation so that we will reach seven minutes and cover everything we need to cover. What we must accomplish today is a solid experiment that will help the audience further understand what we are trying to investigate in the imagination field and a hypothesis to go with it. In order for us to be organized and planned the day of the presentation, we have created a google slide to show to the class that will show everyone our knowledge question, what we have derived from it, and the analysis that we have found relating to the book.
Feb 28 2017 - Last class we focused primarily on planning and organizing the works that each of us have accumulated. We have added more to our google slide since then. Now we have an experiment to work on. Our experiment that we will conduct will focus on how imagination aids in understanding others. We have put in 3 video clips. The first clip shows a jump scare, the second one is also a jump scare except the jump scare has been taken out. The third clip is also a jump scare with it taken out. It is different from the other two clips because it shows more information about the character than the other two, and it is longer. The extended amount of information in the third clip helps us emphasize how we can understand that character in the situation. We are still quite confused on what we want to talk about. But after our talk with Mr. Morrison, we have figured out what we need to focus on the most. We have a lot of information we do not need so all we have to do is emphasize our most important point in the presentation and get rid of the information that we don't need.
March 2 2017 - Before presentation & during: Today is the day of our presentation. We have been given time to look over what we currently have. Changes that we have made in our slide shows was little to nothing. We have just accentuated our question. Mr. Morrison stated that we needed to talk more about how empathy plays a role in the imagination of understanding others. Through the last clip that we showed, we have stated what the process was during our presentation. After presentation: Now that we have presented, I would like to state that what we could have done better was the way that we explained the data. I do not believe that the google forms we created was necessary to state the point we needed to say. If anything I believe that we taught too much about the content and time limit that we forgot to focus on the main question of our project.
These were the bar graph results for the question of whether the second or third clip was the scarier one
This is a pie chart of what the results were for which clip was scarier
Through the results of this experiment, our hypothesis, which was "When the brain is prompted to be scared, it will gather information to perceive a situation as something fearsome. We empathize with the characters of the movie," was correct . The video of the girl dancing had no extensive knowledge about the character, but the third clip did. It was a lot longer than the second one so the directors could fit in a background of the kid. A knower in our class would be able to see that it is a child, as old as they were, in a house suspense-fully waiting for the door to burst open by a demonic creature. This clip is the scariest because the audience was able to emphasize more with the character. For example, the movies of paranormal activity is considered one of the scariest movies made. The reason for this is because it was shot in a house, and an average family were the main characters. People can relate and emphasize to these characters more because they themselves live in a house with a family. Relating this to the question of how imagination is a factor in how we understand others is that we do not see what is behind the door because the video clip never shows us. Hence, our imagination takes over and our mind thinks of all the possible outcomes that could come out of the situation. Because of the tone of the clip, most people would think of something bad to come through the door, which then reinforces the feeling of fear. The character in the movie is also a child, living in a house. All the student watching were hopefully all children living under a home. Because it was set in a place that the knowers were familiar with, that is what made it much scarier than the other clip.
From the eyes of Albert Einstein, knowledge and imagination are both very important. You cannot grow the knowledge you have without a little bit of imagination. The answer to how scientists answer life's mysteries is through imagination. For example, in theoretical physics, mankind has found all the equations that will help in solving the questions, but there are still many gaps. In these gaps, scientists turn to their imagination to aid in solving whatever mystery they are trying to solve. The only way to get experience is to play around with the equations and imagine how they might behave in different circumstances. The laws that were made are so strange that scientists have to play with the equations in their minds to get something out of it.
This poem states that this girl has never seen a moor but still knows what it looks like and what it is. She states that she has never been to heaven, but she knows the inhabitants and how it looks like. This is through the eyes of imagination. Humans have never seen heaven or hell, but everyone knows what it looks like, or has an imagination of what it is. This is example of how imagination works in the human mind. Similar to Gestalt psychology, if we see half of a picture, we do not only see that half, we see the whole picture because our imagination helps us fill in the gaps for the parts of the picture that we do not see.
What is the role of imagination in producing knowledge about the real world?
Manifestation starts in your imagination. The theory states If you can taste, feel, see, smell it and pull it into your imagination and then imagine that it is true, then you will manifest these things in the real world. Without imagination, we would not know where to start. Chemistry, Physics and Biology are all subjects that started with imagination. Someone imagined something to be under the cells of the human body, or there is something more in the reaction, and it would turn out there there actually was something more. It all starts with believing in your imagination.