Impression post week 4

The video that I chose to watch for this impression post was how we read each others minds by Rebecca Saxe. The reason why I chose to watch this video over the others is because I’m always curious what other people are thinking about me, or if they can read my mind. Also I find this topic very interesting because I try to read other peoples minds as well. When I’m in public I look around and observe people and their facial expressions. If they have a smile on their face I assume that they are happy or just received good news. Or if I look at someone with an angry face or a frown I assume that they just had bad news or failed a test or something. But is that what they’re really thinking ? This talk basically was about regions of the brain and why people think about thoughts and when they develop these skills in their lifetime. In addition, this video talked about regions of the brain that allow us as people to read some ones mind, or at least try too. The part that I found most interesting about this talk was that there’s actually a small part in your brain that allows people to read someone’s mind called the RTPJ. This region is located above and behind your right year inside your brain. Children begin to develop this region from ages 5 to 3 and start too realize that other people have false beliefs and don’t think the same way that they think. Overall I thought the speaker that I watched was very trust worthy because of one main reason. She showed an example of a kid and it made a lot of sense and was actually very interesting the way that children think. It shows that both the cognitive system, the mind, and the brain itself is slowly getting smarter as the child gets older. If I were to conduct my own experiment, I would get a group of children about 10 kids that are all age 5. I would get them all in the same room and show them a video that is very simple and easy to understand but in the video it would show a cartoon about 5 minutes long and the cartoon would be about a kid riding a bike and he fell off and got injured. I would then stop the video and ask the children what they would do if they saw this in real life. This would give me a good understanding of how kids feel and how much sympathy they feel for the person that got injured.


Author: simon665

A sophomore student at Elizabeth town. I am currently pursuing my major in communications and hope to become music album cover designer.

2 thoughts on “Impression post week 4”

  1. I’m very interested in your reaction to the reliability of the speaker, Rebecca Saxe. While I agree that she is a reliable source of information on this topic, presumably because of her background in coginitive/neuroscience, I don’t accept her reliability solely off of the example you listed. I enjoyed the experiment with the kids that she showed during the talk, and I trusted its integrity, but I don’t know if that would be the “one main reason” I trust her. I wouldn’t be so quick to trust her entire base off of one experiment she showed, despite how interesting it is. For your research idea, I really like the premise of it and think it would yield interesting results. To expand on it, I would be interested to see the difference between the children watching a video of someone falling off of a bike versus children actually witnessing someone falling off of a bike. Would their reactions change if they were at the scene of the incident? But the potential research experiment has a great foundation and I’d love to see how it could expand!


  2. I watched the same video and had some very similar thoughts, and I did think she was reliable due to her title in her career and the fact that she did run her own experiments on children. Although she was not totally clear on why the audience should consider her as a credible source, “Ted Talks” are very reliable and are used in a classroom setting quite often in an educational manner in order to better explain a lesson. It is always important to question where one is receiving their information, our job in this blog post was to evaluate what Saxe was stating, not question her credibility. I love how you mentioned how significant people’s facial expressions are and what it can say about what they are thinking and how their brain is acting in that moment. Positive or negative thinking can totally affect the specific area (the RTPJ) and I admire how you touched on that as being a huge point in the lesson because Saxe did too, and I agree that it was a good aspect of the lesson itself to grasp!


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