O is for Occipital Lobe

Day 114 of 365: Not only LookingSmug likes to geek out once in a while. I studied Human Factors Psychology and one of the toughest but also most enjoyable classes was on the physiology of the brain. The occipital lobe should be of primary interest to you flickrites, seeing as it is the visual processing center of the brain, and well, without it you wouldn't be seeing this now.

 

It's the bright part at the rear end. Each visual cortex (on either side of the brain) receives raw sensory information from the outside half of the retina on the same side of the head and from the inside half of the retina on the other side of the head. The brain then does the amazing feature of assembling these raw stimuli into a stereoscopic image.

 

Shmobist info: speedlight at 1/64 in front at subject's 11 o'clock and x-ray tube to the side.

 

tV: inspired by the letter O (not kidding, I thought of words for the letter O and Occipital Lobe was the first one that popped into my head - don't ask why) and LookingSmug's science project.

 

The More You Know™: The brain doesn't show up in a regular x-ray, so this image must be from some kind of CT scan.

  • ::big daddy k:: 6y

    wow. cool!
  • Zee Anna! 6y

    lol im in psychology right now and i hate brain physio. anyways i was reading your description and you lost me at "Each visual cortex (on either side of the brain) receives raw sensory information from the outside half of the retina on the same side of the head and from the inside half of the retina on the other side of the head." had to read that a few times to understand lol

    looks amazing cool though.
  • Ronaldo Quercia 6y

    Amazing job!
  • *rae* 6y

    this is way awesome, dude. i likes learning stuffs.
  • Eric Wienke 6y

    yeah it can be pretty dry. I think I was morbidly fascinated though with the case studies of people with injuries to different parts of the brain and the resulting extreme behavioral effects, which often were very bizarre. Like the guy who couldn't form new memories and inspired the movie Memento.
  • It's life Jim.... 6y

    Great concept & awesomely executed !
    Love the schmobist info
  • Sasha Segade 6y

    wooahh
    thats cool!
  • [ lee ] 6y

  • Mark 6y

    \cool idea, I'm planning something similar for "X"
  • Eric Wienke 6y

    oh shit, I should have planned ahead more. that would have been an obvious candidate. Now I'll have to go with xenophobia or xylophone.
  • suz or sooze 6y

    fascinating.. this one.
  • Elizabeth Johnson 6y

    holy shit this is amazing !
  • AIAK! 6y

    Oh mannn.
    Haha. I remembered learning this. >_<
    I have bad memories of tests where you have to specifically identify where a person got hurt and how it effected them. Fuuun.


    But this image is awesome sauce. Love that blue. :D
  • technovore 5y

    Awesome!
  • Weaponizer 5y

    Hi, I've used your image as the cover of a short story on my website. Check it out here:

    www.weaponizer.co.uk/onearticle.php?category=fiction&...

    If you have any objections please let me know - I have credited you at the bottom of the page. All the writing under our site is also Creative Commons.

    Thanks! Your photos are awesome.
  • Pictoscribe 2y

  • April-Lougheed 2y

    Wow. Brilliant. Looked at over 300 images today. This one stuck in my "mind" pun intended. Thanks for all your fantastic images. Much good karma to you!
  • Veronica Powell 1y

    This image is used by a Foxnews article on how efficient lumosity brain games is
  • antwar khoirul 5mo

    love it, so really amzing pic

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