• Spatial Cognition: Have Your Say

    By Hannah Flynn -

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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?

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  1. well i think its good and i admire them

    miss westie lover - December 21, 2011

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  3. I will suggest to my teenage brother to watch this video
    to help him to understand himself better.

    Ivan - February 2, 2012

  4. It was interesting to watch about what our brains do and how they develop through your life.

    Becky - February 9, 2012

  5. I LOVE IT! It is so good i learnt sooooooooo much! Its ashame i have gone past ten though, i wanted to learn French really quickly. IM GOING TO TELL MY WHOLE CLASS!!!!! Bye.

    Saffie - February 27, 2012

  6. I loved it, It’s good to know that my teenage behaviors were related to my brain development

    mehri - March 16, 2012

  7. I’m very old (old enough to have an AARP card in the US) and don’t remember enough about my childhood to remember when I couldn’t consider someone else’s feelings.

    Oscar - March 21, 2012

  8. I have a little brother that is 2 and he always scratches me and pulls my hair. I always thought that it was because he was just annoying. Now I know that it is just is brain still developing. I love this website and it has taught me lots of things.

    Alexandra - June 2, 2012

  9. Sometimes I go somewhere I’ve been long ago or never. But I still think I have been there before. But most of the time I just ask mum ” Have I been here before?” but that rarely happens….

    Helen - August 25, 2012

  10. If problems to do with strongly felt emotions are caused by slowly developing parts of the brain in teenagers, how come you don’t often find the same problem in younger children?

    Tom - September 5, 2012

  11. Certainly makes me feel better about myself!

    Cal - September 9, 2012

  12. I love Wondermind! It’s really helped me and it’s very interesting!

    Hannah - October 11, 2012