In one of my science-related classes, I was continuing to work on neuroscience ideas, and I naturally came to the question of human consciousness. While some of these papers on consciousness were quite dense, they provided fundamental information on human behavior and decision-making. It helped that new research has better defined the mechanisms that allow humans to control their biology. As part of this same class, we were asked to create some kind of NPR style mini-segment, which could be shared with a lay-audience.
This artifact was quite enjoyable to create. I originally chose to combine the idea of top-down-processing with the timely subject of new year’s resolutions. This would allow the science to be directly applicable – applicability being something of a theme in my writing. The podcast also improved my ability to mix sounds and to add sound effects. Who says that science communication must always be formal?
When I think about how I will apply what I’ve learned from this podcast, I think about setting. The Kairos (timing) of a scientific subject situates it in the hearts and minds of the reader. For example, a geobiology paper would most likely mention climate change when talking about the organic matter pumps in the ocean.
In the future, I would probably add more of the technical details. While it is not fair to assume that readers will have all the background knowledge, they may have felt more comfortable with the information in terms of the specific brain regions. For example, I could have specified that the real feeling of conflict that arises due to simultaneous brain activation of the cingulate and frontal cortex.