I drew a brain for my masters thesis in psychology, on mathematical performance and how it relates to structures in parietal (blue) and frontal (red) parts of the brain. These two areas are involved in most of our thinking and are intimately connected to each other. Still, they have their own specialties. I chose a blue color for the parietal lobe, since it’s more associated to “cold” functions such as spatial thinking, magnitude judgement and mental rotation. The frontal lobe got the color red because it is more involved in “hot” functions like making decisions, keeping things in mind and shifting attention.
I see the shell of the brain as being the pink/white mellow alike substantion that is described by science as being the brain. From the inside it it is different and most interesting. My brain seems tortuous, never stopping maze, in which you know several of the corridors and their ends, if they ever end. These corridors are for example everyday life: the stimuli that enter your brain, you process in a certain way, and your reaction. Though there are a lot of black and unknown areas of which some will gain some colour in the end, where at some colours might fade over time and become a black hole. Besides, the brain can never be explained in a 2D way, more in a 4D manner.
A person’s head from the side, with the brain in it. There is a little light switch, turning the brain on or off.
Combined artwork of grandmother and grand-daughter. Brain with lightbulb in it to switch the brain off during sleep, on during the day. The colored line are all the thoughts running through our heads
A neuron, with the cellbody (yellow/blue) in the middle, and the axon and dendrites reaching out.
The brain viewed from the side (the little clay animals are supplementary)
The red part is the central part of the neuron, the cellbody, with the axon and the dendrites reaching out. The pink dots are the neurotransmitters, transmitting signals from one cell to another.
Brainy creations for Mind the Brain during a conference by the Waisman laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A
As an affective neuroscientist, I think about how the brain represents emotion. The caudate striatum (pink) is involved in positive affect (reward), whereas the amygdala (in red) is more involved in negative affect. They both interact with the prefrontal cortex (blue), which makes our emotions accessible to awareness. This interaction is a principal navigator in my life.
My brain consists of an infinite number of spirals; some of them are pretty, others are ugly, short, or so long they don’t have an end.
My art: Each of the dots represents a different aspect of myself. Everything is linked. I also believe we are linked to everything in the universe and feel my painting illustrates that connection. Bright and dark colours indicate positive and negative elements of life. The brain is the focal point of all our energy and the energy of one brain affects energy in other things. The brain never stops; to me the brain is like a magic super power!
The meaning of this is that if the lamp is switched off, you still think, but differently. The things in the corner are your brain and those little people working in the brain are your thoughts.
Often, when I think of my brain, I see an active area in front (blue triangle). I also added a red ribbon back in the brain.
I tried to draw my brain as I imagine it – creative and full of colors. The colors represent all my ideas, knowledge, and feelings.
I think the senses are intertwined. The colors doesn’t represent anything special. The two hemispheres are connected and work together, but not always. Some info only reaches one hemisphere. Input from our environment comes, via our senses, into the blue circles in the middle at the top. They serve as an information central delegating signals to its appropriate area. There the information will be processed and once again delegated if necessary, e.g. vision.
The colorfull strings represent different thoughts in my brain: happy ones (brighter colors) and sad ones (darker colors). A dark thought could be fear of getting sick, and there’s constantly a battle between positive and negative ones. Hopefully, the positive thoughts will win.
I drew concrete things because I am a practical person. In the front of my brain is my main focus, science and climbing. In the back are the things I used to do, and would like to continue with, my interest for music and math. In the middle is a forest representing my love for the outdoors. However, right now there is an explosion going on – that pushes everything away – because I will soon become a mom!
I drew my brain as a set of squares to emphasize a logical way of thinking. Each little square represents a rule, or an algorithm, and the memories associated with it. There is one empty square, and it needs to be there to create room for reorganizing. Like in one of those puzzles where the pieces are stuck to the board and can only be moved to an empty neighbouring slot.
I drew my brain like a smiley because I’m happy right now. The heart to the right symbolizes love to my family. Whereas the left ‘eye’ symbolizes negative thoughts – thoughts I shouldn’t have. The heart in the mouth symbolizes my friends. The background color is green because I was thinking of green, beautiful fields (symbolizing happiness) when I made it.
I think of my brain as a massively connected network, with all sorts of weird and interlinking connections. I was going to connect and reconnect all of the dots in the brain, but I didn’t want the picture to just turn black. I also wanted the connections to go outside the brain, because I am not sure I see my brain as being totally inside my brain.
I call it Two Minds, Two Hearts. I experience my brain as a decision-maker, and different parts of me contribute different thoughts and feelings to the process. Somehow, these intertwine in a way that weaves the actions I take in my life.
Lyrics: “I wander alone through my mind. All by myself. I’m just fine. It takes a long, long time to journey round, past all of the stray thoughts I’ve found. Dishes, kids, I need a new job, Mom’s at the end of life, big and small I touch them all, the flotsam and the strife. I wander alone through my mind, all by myself. I’m just fine. It takes a long, long time to journey around, past all of those stray thoughts I’ve found”
I see the brain as a set of layers of cognitive functions, as a cognitive onion. Each layer has its own function, but it is only when they are assembled that they form a whole
I think the processes are relevant when thinking about the brain. Not what it looks like, but what it does. I want to show that information is going from one part to another and that at each step the information gets more and more processed. That’s why I have strings of different colors. The change of colors means the information has been further processed (e.g different visual areas in the brain). The blue area to the left is a sea of ideas with arms randomly stretching out to other areas. That’s how I see creativity. The swirl at the top is the reptilian part of the brain, handling primitive functions and emotions. The blue blob in the upper right corner is a lost idea.
I see the brain in the biological, anatomical way, the thinking organ!
The pink represents one brain half and yellow the other one. The colors just felt right to me. The figures represents things in my life I like or find important: my house, family and friends, my garden, biking and dancing.
I immediately thought about my physical brain. Therefore I made it red, as it contains a lot of blood.
I think our thoughts or processes in the brain are like circles without a clear beginning nor end, all intertwined with other processes, thoughts and memories.