In Wonderland, Alice is exploring a new country without a map – so it’s not surprising that she gets confused about where she is. In your brain, the spacial view neurons in your hippocampus are helping you to remember and tell the difference between places you’ve seen. Place neurons work to tell you where you are. They help you keep track of where you’ve been. These different neurons are some of the tools that your brain uses to help you find your way around.
Children under three have trouble imagining that another person might have a different set of thoughts from their own. They can’t imagine how someone else doesn’t know something they know!
At the beginning of the story, Alice is acting like a young child – she doesn’t realise that other people might think differently from her. By the end, she is acting more like an adult, and is able to consider other people.
So, what do you think? Do you remember a time when you were little and you found it hard to consider someone else’s feelings? Does it help to know that your brain was still developing?
Or do you have a teenager in your family who is having trouble controlling their emotions? What advice would you give them now you’ve watched this video?